Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner: Can't Support Himself as a Playwright

"I make my living now as a screenwriter! Which I’m surprised and horrified to find myself saying, but I don’t think I can support myself as a playwright at this point. I don’t think anybody does." -- Tony Kushner, in Time Out.

My question to you: if Tony Kushner, who I would argue is the best playwright in America today, can't support himself as a playwright, can anybody? And if not, should Kushner's statement be seen as an earthquake that might lead to the examination of the overall theatre business model?

I think it should be seen that way, and taken to heart, and every playwriting professor across the US ought to put that quotation at the top of their syllabus.