Alex Kilgore takes to The Brooklyn Rail to talk about play development hell, and the responsibility we all have to make sure it doesn’t happen. It’s a great piece, and though the assessments and observations aren’t new, they’re important to talk about.
“Development hell is the worst-case scenario of play fixing without production: the wearing down of plays through cycles of readings and workshops, the muting (or at least mutating) of many young voices. It’s stamping templates into plays and tempering plays to “potential audiences” where audiences remain potential. In short, it’s getting the math right at the cost of the voice.”