• M_B_W

    What kind of diversity should theatre strive for?

    I’m glad to see Ayad Akhtar’s play being produced widely…it’s subject matter is important and it’s a step forward to see plays written by a non-white male playwright being so widely produced.

    But how much credit should we give ourselves for that? I would argue that the style and premise of the play is no different than what you would typically see from a white playwright.

    Let’s see…a domestic drama where a bunch of people gather for a dinner party, secrets revealed, lies exposed…etc. While it may be good, this sounds like the premise of just about any standard American drama.

    The race of the playwright is different, but the form/style is the same old same old.

    • Puma_01

      You might want to check out some of the 50 PLUS plays currently being produced in Washington, DC as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, including, specifically, Destiny of Desire, a telenova-inspired comedy that is drawing large and enthusiastic crowds to the esteemed Arena Stage right now. Destiny features a Latina playwright as well as a Latino director and cast and is both impactful and refreshingly absent of any long, philosophical, talky scenes or monologues. http://www.womensvoicestheaterfestival.org/

  • Puma_01

    I know you are dependent on how theaters report things, but children’s author/playwright Mo Willems is actually near the top of this list. For the 2015-16 season there will be at least 14 professional regional productions and a Kennedy Center National Tour of his new hit musical “Elephant and Piggie’s: We are in a Play!” Add to that at least two professional regional productions of his popular show “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” and the total is at least 17.