The purpose of theatre is to illuminate people's lives, to bring a mirror to our own experience, our society and our reaction to that society - often to our discomfort. And that self-examination should never stop. It is as necessary at 80 as it is at 20. Of course young talent must be nurtured, but there must also be a place for the writer of life experience, maturity and wisdom, who burns to communicate his or her own prejudices of anger, outrage and heartbreak.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
In The Guardian, Guild Theatre Committee Chair, David James, refutes David Mamet's argument that "Playwrighting is a young man's ... game."