“Sometimes it’s the path of least resistance to develop work in New York, because the actors and talent are there.” – Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse
Yep, according to Christopher Ass – er – sorry, Ashley, Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse, there’s nothing to see here in SoCal, people, no opportunities, no talent, no actors, so move along!
But don’t lose heart, folks, because here’s the rest of his quote from American Theatre Magazine, February, 2013:
“But, I’m really committed to creating an audience in La Jolla that’s interested in developing new work.”
Thank God! But where on earth will he find these people that are interested in developing new work in the wasteland that is Southern Cal? How can we help this selfless crusader in our midst? For the love of Allah what can we do?!?
I’m still trying to track down a link to the whole article, but I have it on good source from performer Ezra Buzzington who read the article in the printed Magazine itself that this quote is authentic. I don’t think Ezra will mind me reprinting what he wrote on his Facebook wall concerning this quote:
“Thank god. A saviour for our poor, undeveloped, west-coast plebian tastes in new work has arrived. And it is called La Jolla.
I’m all for creating audiences interested in supporting new work. In fact, the majority of smaller theatres in southern California have been doing that for many, many years. And now, with the 4th year of the Hollywood Fringe barrelling down on the city, there will be even more new work to be supported by even more new audiences.
Having been involved directly with new works for the theatre my entire life, and having created the New York International Fringe Festival hand in hand with John Clancy and Aaron Beall, and having assisted in a very small way with Hollywood’s own Fringe Festival, I would embrace the opportunity to help school Mr. Ashley in his ignorance on the topic of New York’s endless stream of talent and his clear implication of Southern California’s dirth of same.. But, I’m guessing I couldn’t get a meeting.
This sort of clueless comment helps me to further understand the delusions of Lord Grantham from Downtown Abbey. And chickens in the rain.”
I believe Ezra also referred to Mr. Ass – er – sorry, Ashley, as an “ill informed ass clown” (on the BigCheap Theatre List) and bemoaning the fact this particular “ass clown” has been given a “national voice” thanks to American Theatre Magazine.
I think that’s all that needs to be said for now. Carry on.
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.