Theatre Thursday :: an interesting disparity.

26 Jun

Which is this, which I have seen mentioned before but still do for my own sake:

In 2014, all four plays nominated for a Pulitzer Prize were by women.  The Flick by Annie Baker, about movie ushers and described in part as “a comedy of the mundane delivered in bits of conversation that might be considered insignificant,” won.  The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence by Madeleine George, which the Pulitzer website describes as “a cleverly constructed play that uses several historical moments – from the 1800s to the 2010s – to meditate on the technological advancements that bring people together and tear them apart,” and Fun Home, a musical by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori that is based on the memoirs of Alison Bechdel, were the other nominees.

I had never heard of any of these three pieces before.  This then prompted me to look at the list of 2014’s various off-Broadway-inclusive nominations.  And I’m not going to statistically analyze each award set, and it’s not 50/50 even anywhere, but the off-Broadway-inclusive awards do seem to include considerably more women creators.  Only five of the technical Tony categories in 2014 even included female nominees, and Best Play included zero female nominees.

Just… something to think about, I guess.

–your fangirl heroine.

people are the worst

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