To be or not to be – that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And, by opposing, end them.
There’s a book out there called Outrageous Fortune. It was a survey of playwrights and Theatres over a six year period focusing on how plays get written and produced in America. The bottom line seems to be that it sucks to be a playwright. Badly. Which is depressing and heart breaking. No one wants to hear that their chosen profession sucks. And I’m not saying the artist’s life should be all wine and roses and frolicking and whee! Productions around every corner! Hooray! I think hard work should be involved. But there’s a difference in believing things could be all right and having the suck factor slammed in your face.
So…. What do you do? What’s next? What do you take away? What is your action?
What this book makes me want to do is go to every school and every teacher and every student and every human being who chooses Theatrefolk, who chooses my plays and give them a huge hug. To say thank to each and every one of you. Thank you for buying our plays and producing them. Thank you for coming up to us at conferences and telling us your experiences. Thank you for letting us know what you need so we can put plays out there that meet that need. Thank you for making me aware of this wonderful, exciting, engaging, market to write in.
Thanks to every single one of you who make it possible for me to make a living as a playwright. Cause that’s the bottom line for me. I get to make a living. I get to write. And I couldn’t do it without you.
My life does not suck in any way shape or form.
Big hugs. Big smooches. Big, big, thanks.