Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Female playwrights to protest in New York

In The New York Times, Patricia Cohen reports on a planned protest by female playwrights in the city.
Frustrated by what they describe as difficulty in getting their work produced, enough female playwrights to make a standing-room-only crowd are planning to attend a town hall meeting on Monday night to air their grievances with representatives of New York’s leading Off Broadway and nonprofit theaters.

The gathering was organized by the playwrights Sarah Schulman and Julia Jordan, who have rallied their colleagues to the cause, contending that their male counterparts in the 2008-9 season are being produced at 14 of the largest Off Broadway institutions at four times the rate that women are.
Update (30.10.08): On her Guardian blog, Charlotte Higgins asks whether British women playwrights should be making a similar protest.

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