By Isaac Butler
The Star-Tribune published a bit of reporting over the weekend noting that the Guthrie theater's Christopher Hampton festival was a massive commercial and critical failure that sold only approximately 50% of the available seats, received mixed-to-negative reviews, and cost so much money that likely budgets and wages for the rest of the season will take a hit.
The Guthrie's artistic director Joe Downling, lest we forget, prioritized this mini-fest of Hampton's work over programming a single work by a woman or playwright of color. And one of the rationales given at the time was that he had seats to fill.
But he didn't fill them. And the end result of this will like be further justification for more conservative, less forward-thinking, less-diverse choices. It's maddening.