In our ongoing Outrageous Fortune coverage, we tackle chapter four: New Plays Onstage: Producing in the Real World.
If you liked what you heard in the podcast, let us know in the comments. Chapters V and VI discussions are on the way, and Outrageous Fortune provides an excellent jump-start to the conversation about the entire theatre landscape.
00:00-04:37: Panelists Joshua Humphrey, Chrstina Ham, Brian O’Neal, and Mat Smart open the roundtable with perceptions of what constitutes a “new” play.
04:37-09:37: The panelists switch to talking about the concept of “premiere-itis” and why the label is so prevalent.
09:37-13:42: Helping shows to a second or third productions through co-productions and other unique ways to support a playwright’s work.
13:42-18:51: Mat Smart talks about New York and the attitudes of theatre-goers in comparison to the Twin Cities.
18:51-21:47: Christina and Mat discuss cast size and how it factors into their writing.
21:47-25:14: The panelists come up with nothing to say on subsidiary rights and quickly change direction to talking about keeping plays relevant and challenging and how “risk” and “tiny” have become synonymous.
25:14-30:30: The viability of big shows, their marketing potential, and the problems of writing and producing big.
30:30-32:25: Bonus content!