Friday, February 12, 2010

Gay Theatre

It's a sad thing to say that a lot of theatre about homosexual experience is pretty bad. The thing is, it doesn't need to be good. Queers are so starved for entertainment that reflects our lives, we'll buy tickets to any piece of trash that has gay characters in it. Especially if there's a hot guy on the poster and it's implied that he'll get naked.

I once was handing out postcards for a Gay play of mine, and a guy asked if there was nudity- I shook my head, and he handed the card back.

Which is not to say that there isn't good Gay theatre out there, it's just hard to know when the plays are good or just well-marketed.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Support: A Manifesto

After a post some time ago on Isaac Butler's blog, I've been thinking a lot about "support" and how that word is used in NYC Theatre circles- we're always saying "Come support our show" or "thanks for your support". I don't want people to come to my shows just to support me- I want them to come in the expectation of a good show. I'm doing fantastic work, and people should want to come see it. And many people do.

And I understand when people can't. I really, honestly do. Most of my friends are doing the same thing I'm doing- creating theatre. Most of it happens at the same times, which makes scheduling difficult. Most of us have 9-5 jobs on top of doing theatre in the evenings, and we get busy.
Most of my friends who are doing theatre are as broke as I am, all of our money going to our true vocation: theatre.
So I know that people are sometimes busy or choose to spend their money on food instead of theatre. The same thing happens to me.

People say, "I'm sorry I missed your show", and I agree with them. I'm sorry they missed it too, because it was awesome.