I personally have trouble reading really long posts with lots of information when they appear on other blogs. So I'm dividing this post into three separate posts on the same subject. Here's part one:
We're going to have a couple more posts about new plays, both because it's something readers on this blog are interested in, and also because there were lots of new-play-related things going on. This post is again a kind of info-dump or "minutes" of another New Play related session. In this one, Todd London (not to be confused with Todd Olson) presented data he has collected as part of a study that will be released this summer. That study-- let me tell you, readers-- you are going to want to get a copy of this study. It's 250 pages of thoroughly researched information taken from surveys, longer responses and industry roundtables on the state of New Play production in America, put together by Todd, who is also the Artistic Director of New Dramatists and is usually discussed by his colleagues using terms like "hero". Some of this info you already know, or already think you know, but it's nice to have it quantified.