March 3, 2014
February's finished; it's time for me to check in again with a progress report about how I'm doing with my 2014 New Year's Resolutions.
Specifically, I resolved this: every month in 2014, we'll introduce at least one idea on Indie Theater Now or nytheater now to grow our sector and its constituents.
Last month, we launched two initiatives that aim to do just that:
- The Farm Report is the newest section on nytheater now -- it's an online journal documenting a playwright's creative process. The playwright in question is Lindsay Joy, who has been commissioned by The Farm Theatre to create a new play this year in collaboration with students from three colleges. Things are just beginning to heat up for Lindsay and this project. I hope you'll check out the Farm Report and contribute to the conversation about how plays get made.
- Indie Theater Perspectives is the name of a new feature on nytheater now where we'll be looking in depth at social issues of interest to our community, and exploring how they're being treated by contemporary indie playwrights. We kicked off Perspectives with Michael Mraz's essay about the hot button topic of child abuse, and how ten different ITN playwrights consider aspects of the subject in their work. I'm really proud of Michael's article and hope folks will read and comment, and suggest new topics for future pieces.
Please stay in touch with me--I am eager to hear what you think about the new additions to ITN as well as how you think things are going in general. I'm excited about what we have coming up in March!