Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Gone Are the Days of 27 Plays | Slog | The Stranger | Seattle's Only Newspaper:

Hey theaters: Recall that 20 years ago, in 1988, Annex Theater produced 27 plays, 16 of them world premieres—and hang your heads in shame. This season, Annex will produce 10 plays, four of them world premieres, which is still pretty good. Washington Ensemble Theatre will only produce three plays, one of them a world premiere. (A kinda, sorta world premiere: It’s a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.)

What else happened in 1988? Nirvana started recording Bleach—and played a concert at Annex Theater. By the next year, Nirvana was on their first world tour.

The lesson: Produce enough new plays and Kurt Cobain will come back from the grave and play your house.

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