For a short while now, I’ve been doing some pro-bono work for the Playwrights Center. I’m not going to talk about the nature of the work—that’s for them to share, if and when they so choose—but spending time with them has validated the instinct I had to lend them my services in the first place… and inspired me to share my good feelings toward them with the world at large. Thus this small post.
There are about 10,000 playwrights in America. Most of us, I think, secretly consider ourselves loners, toiling away by ourselves until that precious bit of time when we finally get to enter the theater as a collaborator… but we should all know that even as we’re struggling to make a life (because making a living doesn’t always seem realistic), there are people working really, really hard in Minneapolis to provide us with tools to make our lives easier: to help us focus on telling important stories, rather than figuring out how to interest the world in what we do. That’s pretty amazing.
Think about it: they don’t even know you—you probably aren’t even a member—and they’re out there working for you. You would not believe how hard they’re working on your behalf, behind the scenes, trying to make things happen more easily for you.
Trust me. You are never alone.
If you don’t believe me now, check back in with me next year. There will be more I can talk about then, I promise… and you’ll be convinced. For now, though… just know they’re out there, and speak about them kindly if you speak about them at all. And consider joining, why don’t you? You might be glad you did.