“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller
When I observe things about the world that I believe ought to be different, I cannot rest very easily until I’ve at least made an effort to change them. A serious effort. And of course, as we all know, there’s a great deal that ought to be different about the world.
In the last decade—particularly since I became a father and time became even more scarce—I’ve tried to refocus (and re-double) my rabble-rousing and paradigm-shifting on improving the lot of my fellow playwrights, both here in the DC area (where I live) and, to a lesser extent, nationally. I try to keep my vision clear, my voice loud, and my patience long, but I don’t always succeed. Let it never be said, though, that I failed for lack of trying.
And what am I trying for? Well, as I think the projects I’ve shared here will make clear, I devote most of my time to organizing and connecting playwrights, raising our profiles, professionalizing our discipline, and addressing the profound gender and racial demographic problems we’re all facing.
So when that’s all done… then I’ll rest.