Monday, April 06, 2009

Theatre in 25 Years

Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency) on what theater may look like in the year 2034:

What do I hope will happen? I hope producers will get brave again and decide that it's all right to use an actual stage actor or "theatre star" for their next show—that it will be okay to use someone who's not a household name, but instead to make one. I hope there'll be no more casting of Celestial Beings (who've maybe never seen the boards before, forget sending a voice to the back row) so they can work near their spouse or their vet. I know people in this city (people without health insurance) who are so talented that if they let out on stage an inkling of what they had, it might cause a Times Square brownout or a government investigation into hidden WMDs! Twenty weeks of work, one year of coverage—for many, accomplishing that is rare. I hope that changes. I hope Broadway stops being a reality-show consolation prize.

More responses here. (TCG)

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