Friday Phone Call # 27
Ilana Brownstein of the Playwrights' Commons Boston
Today I talk with Ilana Brownstein, known to #newplay followers as @bostonturgy. She's the founder of the Playwrights' Commons in Boston and we're going to be very involved with each other as we move forward in the transition to the Center for the Theater Commons in her city. We talk about her work with the Playwrights' Commons, in particular about her recent work analyzing the breakdown of the upcoming season as currently announced. It leads us to the murky waters of "representation" and "emerging artists" and "responsiveness versus responsibility" and what are we measuring when we measure things like this. We do go on, as you can imagine, once you get into this particular discussion it is hard to find an organic end to it. I hope you can make the time to listen in, and to jump off from the things we're groping for here to help move the conversation forward. Bright Spot Alert: we wind up singing the praises of Huntington Theatre here for its long and consistent commitment to writers and its hit production of Kirsten Greenidge's The Luck of the Irish.
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