Welcome, American Theatre Readers
Since you're here wondering about Militant Language and the National Premiere idea, allow me to fill in some details.
First of all, the whole thing started in the comments of a post on Matthew Freeman's On Theatre and Politics blog. (You'll find that a lot of theatre bloggers like to combine the two on their sites.) I got inspired by the ideas there, and wrote a post called "Every City Should Have a Dead City". (Funny coincidence, Dead City is a play by Sheila Callaghan, who's on the cover of that very American Theatre magazine that directed you here.) So, I suggest you open new tab in your browser and go read that post. Then come back, we'll wait.
The audience hears some really annoying - yet amusing - Muzak. Maybe something from Grunge Lite.
(You see how we did that? Theatre bloggers often enjoy inserting obscure pop culture references and funny You Tube videos in the cracks around their artistic analyses and political diatribes.)
Ok, you're back? Did you read all the comments? Well, you have to read the comments. A lot of the good stuff is in there.
After you read the comments, you're going to want to read this post, in which I responded to a lot of the comments.
More Grunge LIte.
Done there? Okay, I'll tell you how we got from there to here. You're gonna see some blue words that say "Continue reading 'Welcome American Theatre Readers'". Click those to get the rest of the story, and so I can track how many of you are reading today. Thanks.