The Saturday Saying

“This is not me assuming anything or trying to put myself into the collective mind of a group that I forfeited my membership to years ago. These are the numbers that the intrinsic impact study gave to us. Fully 51% of audiences responding said they go to theater to relax or escape. It was the number one reason. As a colleague of mine said recently, people don’t get offended by nudity, or language, or violence. They get offended when they get confused. They get offended when they aren’t allowed to relax. There’s this wall that’s been built up between us and our audiences where we keep insisting that they should watch our plays like this and they keep telling us they want to watch it like that. And all this does is make us angrier and more self-righteous and even more gravely serious and all that does is make us that much more unappealing to an audience that just wants us to put on a show.”

Dylan Southard – from his article “The Dramaturg: Wait, theater sucks? When did that happen?” (Bitter Lemons)

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Colin Mitchell About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.

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