Cathy Harding, former C-ville editor, current New York City resident, and friend of Big Blue Door sent us this link to a Washington Post article about the lack of original programming in regional nonprofit theater. It’s definitely worth reading if you care about theater.
Personally, I don’t think ‘lock-step play selection’ as the writer calls it is really a trend. In a sense that’s what regional theaters were created for. Most regional nonprofits were founded to bring New York & London theater to smaller cities, and they do a pretty good job of that.
As a playwright I’d like to see audiences exposed to truly homegrown writers and distinctively local theater, but I’m not sure regional non-profits are where that best happens.