#115: Outrageous Fortune, Part I

The first in our series about Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play. Panelists Christina Ham, John Heimbuch, Joshua Humphrey, and Brian O’Neal discuss the first chapter, Dialogue in the Dark: Playwrights and Theatres.

This podcast was partially inspired by The Outrageous Fortune Blog Tour conducted by Isaac Butler of Parabasis in January. If you’re looking for more commentary on the book, it’s a great place to start.

We’d like you to join our conversation. Segment two has been completed, and segments three and four will be recorded this weekend, and five and six the following week with a possible wrap-up podcast. We’re open to discussion and we’d like to address any interests or questions that listeners have on the show. Let us know through the comments section or by joining us on Twitter.

Expect Part II to be posted Saturday.

00:00-03:30: I introduce myself and fellow panelists and we start in with an outline and Christina shares her experiences with participating in the survey that lead to the publication of Outrageous Fortune.

03:30-07:38: We move into Chapter One: Dialogue in the Dark, Playwrights and Theatres. Brian leads us into our first discussion point, homes for playwrights and forging relationships.

07:38-11:54: We discuss the disconnect between theatres and playwrights and how each expects a play to function.

11:54-14:51: Conversation here centers on the submission of plays and how every play is not built for every theater.

14:51-18:11: We talk about the “culture among younger playwrights,” how John and Christina first became interested in becoming playwrights, and John supplies me with a zinger.

18:11-23:28: Conversation touches on Joseph Papp and how he created relationships with playwrights and supported work that spoke to him.

23:28-26:05: John begins discussing the leadership of the mid-large size theaters from their scrappy beginnings to their current incarnations and the growing disconnect with a generational divide between older administrators and younger artists.

26:05-31:48: With an older generation of theatre administrators and audiences, where is the place for young audiences to grow along with similar playwrights? Self-producing is discussed as one of many answers to this problem.


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