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Kate Snodgrass on Why Theatre is Important


This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Why is theatre important?

To inaugurate ExploreBostonTheatre.com, we asked Artistic Directors from Boston and New England theatre companies to start the conversation by sharing their thoughts on this question:
 

The past year has brought changes to the national economy which affect the financial health of theatres. We need theatre now more than ever. It promotes the public dialogue about what matters to all of us. Why?

Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights’ Theatre starts the conversation.

 

Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre.

Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre.

Yes, our economy has changed.

Yes, we need theatre now more than ever.

Yes, theatre promotes public dialogue… And we need this dialogue. We need to be in the same room together to have it, so…

Go to the theatre.

We will find the answers if somebody will ask the questions.

Go to the theatre.

The playwright observes our lives, our needs, challenges, foibles, and then s/he asks us to look at them with clarity.

Go to the theatre.

Theatre acts as a sounding board, but it can’t do this unless we generate new work. How do we feel NOW and not twenty years ago?

Go to the theatre.

New work asks the questions we’re afraid to ask, and it does it with respect and in-your-face compassion.

New works make us laugh in the face of hopelessness, instruct in the face of ignorance, and call attention to our lives just in the nick of time.

All new plays all the time–that’s what will save the world.

Go to the theatre!

Thank you to Kate Snodgrass (tag archive).

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