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April 20, 2009


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Kerry, when you frame it that way, " why it's good to have an editor who can say' . . ." I think it brings up an interesting dilemma. As the print model continues going wherever the hell it is heading, more and more folks will continue writing, and my guess is the traditional editorial board will no longer be around.

Few people are good at that on their own all of the time (or else publishers would have figured out how to get rid of those salaries a while ago.)

In the absence of editors, do y'all think that a function the community can do?

I think if one of the first comments was "All your examples of social-justice do-gooder dramas, except for one, have to do with black experience. Is that deliberate because you're talking about 'Ruined,' or would you like to broaden the scope a bit lest it be misinterpreted?" the discussion would have taken a different path. Yet as a whole we tend to come out swinging across the internet.

Or is that silly?

Benno Nelson

I liked "Ruined", and much more than I liked the disturbingly over-appreciated "The Overwhelming" at Next Theatre. No, it didn't break any barriers in Playwriting but neither did "August: Osage County" for god's sake. "August: Osage County" was just "Long Day's Journey" with an iPod. There, I said it.

Did "Ruined" benefit from its subject matter? Yes, just as "The Overwhelming" is benefitting now, but it also had the guts to back it up, and will have a longer shelf life than its immediately and surprisingly dated counterpart. Also, it doesn't exactly seem fair to both act as though its subject matter gave it a free pass in the critical eye, while rolling our eyes at the play necessarily, on account of its subject matter. I think it benefitted in the sense that it addressed a contemporary issue people are interested in (perversely also an issue people are interested in saying we aren't enough interested in) and that generated an audience.

But all in all, a worthy play. I say congratulations.


Apparently I need to not quote celebrities anymore. RIP Bea.

Kerry Reid

Ed, if ever there was a celebrity who could come back from the dead and kick all our asses, it's Bea Arthur. I think she'd be mad if we stopped quoting her.

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