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re: How does something as underdeveloped as SUPERHERO get produced on that level?
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 02:09 pm EST 03/07/19
In reply to: How does something as underdeveloped as SUPERHERO get produced on that level? - Pashacar 10:03 am EST 03/07/19

"There have been quite a few awful shows of late on similar stages, also with creative teams who've had big successes -- and happen to be white men."

I'm very sorry you included that last cause in your otherwise thoughtful post. Your experience is your experience, but MY experience is that several of the awful shows I've seen in recent years -- including one I saw just last night -- had creative teams that were NOT headed by white men. And in fact, nowadays when you see shows that seem to you to be a mess and not worthy of production (or, at least, not nearly ready for production), chances are high that a considerable percentage of the creative teams will be headed by non-whites, because the major push for diversity in those areas can lead to production of shows in that category.

On the other side of the coin, some theaters have produced plays I would consider unworthy of production because they were written by established playwrights with whom they have established relationships, and naturally a large percentage of those playwrights have been white men -- e.g., Terrence McNally and John Patrick Shanley, to name two that spring to mind immediately. So I guess my point is that there are lots of different examples, and we should avoid generalizations based on race.
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