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Things Are Different

Over the past two years of pandemic and protest, theatres have faced unprecedented challenges and changes, and American Theatre hasn’t just reported and reflected on these changes—we’ve changed too. We are now a full-time theatre website (and a website only for the time being), and the listings that used to appear in the back of our print magazine now live here. And though we did a sort of season preview last year, the field was still skittish and not at full tilt. This year…is different. A large enough plurality of TCG Member Theatres have reported programming that we are reviving our beloved Top 10 Most-Produced Plays and Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights list; you can tune in for a live announcement of those lists on Friday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

But as you’ll see in the season preview content we roll out this week, including an in-depth look at the pivotal future of Long Wharf Theatre, not everything is business as usual, and that’s probably for the best. We won’t be able to reckon with all the changes theatres have been asked to make and/or have made in the past few years in this one package of stories, but I think you’ll be able to glimpse an arresting snapshot of the U.S. theatre industry as it stands in the fall of 2022, poised on the verge of more wrenching change and its oft-disguised twin, opportunity.

—Rob Weinert-Kendt, Editor-in-Chief

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