It was fun to crash the Impending Blogging Event. That was the closest I’ve ever come to talking to other theater bloggers in real life. Here’s a few notes.
1) I would like to address the misperception that I’m somehow advocating for a Theater for the Conservative. No, that’s not the case.
Back in 2003/4 I was fascinated by what you could or couldn’t say in theater. What content would get your script tossed out? I had a violent play that was quite successful outside of NYC, but no NYC theaters would touch it. I determined that content was the problem. and was quite angry about it.
Up until that time, I didn’t think content would ever be an issue in theater. Ever.
So what other content was bad? Around that time, I read how a Literary Manager in Chicago was complaining how there were no conservative playwrights. I found that to be fascinating. No uber-violent plays, no sad endings, no conservative playwrights.
(I no longer think these strange thoughts. First off, I’m fairly certain that there a few musical theater people in NYC are conservative. I don’t know why I think that, I just do. But I digress…)
Like Leonard Jacobs, I’m not sure what Red State Theater is, exactly. Personally, I’d like to have the biggest audience possible for my work, without compromising my vision. Shouting that Democrats or Republicans suck is going to defeat my purpose. Unless, that is my purpose. KnowwhatImean?
(And sometimes that is my purpose. On of my plays was damn near explicit against a certain organized religion, and I had no qualms about alienating audience members about it.)
2) Alabama isn’t as conservative as you might think. A study came out last year that said Birmingham was more liberal than Austin, Texas. Having moved here from Austin, I’d have to agree. While I’m still a member of Austin Scriptworks, I had mondo problems dealing with Austin’s not-so-liberal culture. During my last few weeks there, someone told me that I should’ve lived in the Austin part of Austin and not the Texas part. Maybe. The only thing I know for sure is that everyone in NYC told me that Austin was so very liberal and my experience didn’t match up with it. Maybe it was liberal – for Texas. Not liberal – for me.
3) Finally, IMO the red state/blue state thing is no longer valid. Thank goodness. While we can argue about religion all day long, those arguments are ancient. That’s why I beg off on most politics and religion here. My thoughts on stuff like that change on a daily basis. I’m constantly re-evaluating beliefs. Very frustrating if you’re trying to pin me down on an issue. Or maybe it’s just my Libra nature.