Do It...Just Do It
As we're all ready to wrap up our first week of the new year, I'm slowly and steadily adding commentary to my Top 50 Films of the Decade list(s) and more slowly and less steadily looking for a new day job.
As you may have noticed, there's been a great deal of discussion going on in the theatrical blogosphere about diversity, quality, bleak survey results, MFA programs and lotteries in the theatre scene and it seems that a consensus and solution is emerging: institutional theatre sucks, self-producing may be the way to go (I’m being horribly reductive here I know, but then again, I’m a horribly reductive person).
I've been a big advocate for self-producing for a while now, but it's always a "preaching to the choir" situation. Those that want to self-produce will do so with or without me or anyone else posting a blog entry about it. Those that don't want to self-produce will never do so, no matter what I or anyone else says.
I'm kind of torn between wanting to write more on the subject and thinking I've already written too much (like I said, preaching to the choir here), but for now I'll just say that self-producing bypasses a lot of the roadblocks many playwrights have to face in getting their work produced and maintaining creative control over their work. Although there are some pitfalls and problems inherent to self-producing, at the end of the day, they’re very small prices to pay.
Puttin' up his own silliness,
James "Resourceful Hobo" Comtois