FYI, the presence of Rebeck — whose work I admire so deeply and whose sexism-accusing theatrical politics remain as facile as they are unproven — is especially important here.
First, will Kron, Baker and Ruhl all come out and agree with Rebeck’s now-longstanding argument that Broadway is a bastion of raging discrimination against women dramatists?
Second, will Kron, Baker and Ruhl agree that the hallowed halls of the major nonprofit theaters in New York, even those that are run by women, are equally culpable for the imbalance in produced new plays by women?
Or is it possible that there might be some nuance available in the discussion?
Anyway, here’s the PR:
“WICKED WOMEN OF OFF BROADWAY,”
FEATURING PLAYWRIGHTS ANNIE BAKER, LISA KRON,
THERESA REBECK AND SARAH RUHL,
TO BE HELD ON OCT. 3, 2010
The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, will hold the fifth in its series of seminars focused on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway. The seminar, titled “The Wicked Women of Off Broadway,” will feature four of Off-Broadway’s hottest playwrights: Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, Body Awareness), Lisa Kron (In the Wake, Well, 2.5 Minute Ride), Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius, The Understudy, Our House) and Sarah Ruhl (In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Eurydice, Dead Man’s Cell Phone). Patrick Healy, theater reporter for The New York Times, will moderate the event.
The discussion, which will also include an audience Q&A, is being held as a companion to The Alliance’s February 2010 panel focusing on “The Bad Boys of Off Broadway” which featured Stephen Adly-Guirgis, Itamar Moses, Adam Rapp and Christopher Shinn.
“The Wicked Women of Off Broadway” will be held at The Snapple Theater Center’s Jerry Orbach Theater on Sun., Oct. 3, 2010. Doors will open at 11:30 for coffee and complimentary continental breakfast. The panel will take place from 12-1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for coffee and conversation with fellow attendees. The Snapple Theater Center is located at 210 W. 50th St. at Broadway.
Admission for the seminar is free, however reservations are a must. To RSVP for the event, visit http://wickedwomen.eventbrite.com before October 1, 2010.