Needless to say I'm behind on my reading. We've gotten around 450 submissions since August. That's not including published works folks recommended and festival submissions. At my best I can usually average a script a day with everything else and the day job. When it rains it pours I guess.
I'm reading as fast as I can, and probably have some pissed off some playwrights. Well at least one, as we passed on "a play that was optioned for Broadway, simply because they thought it was one of the most important plays of the last decade." Or something like that. He was quite angry.
Due to the amount of submissions we have adjusted our selection policy to a rolling basis as well. We are no longer considering plays for production times based on when we received them. We also found that we've received far more great plays than we can produce in any given year. So for plays that are still being reviewed they are still under-consideration, even if not for this next year.
The one thing we want to make sure of is we are not giving playwrights short shrift, simply to get through them quicker.
Friday, April 17, 2009
For Playwrights - A View From the Other Side
Tony, the Artistic Director of Halcyon in Chicago, gives us an idea of what it is like to try and put together a season: