LA Times Letter to the Editor/Sunday, April 4:
Look at the smaller venues
I really appreciated Charles McNulty’s article, and I hope the theaters he mentioned take it to heart. As a Los Angeles playwright, I find this trend toward commercial spectacle really disheartening. And even in the case of the Geffen, how much more exciting would it be if they committed to produce a new play by someone like Sheila Callaghan (who studied at UCLA) instead of just doing the latest Neil LaBute or Mamet play? If only in the smaller space.
But there is also a lot of exciting theater being done in L.A. in small houses. The Boston Court, Black Dahlia, Powerhouse and Art/Works come to mind. If these larger theaters created a better partnership with these smaller theaters to support local talent and create new works, it might prove beneficial all around. These smaller theaters have sent plays to New York, why not to downtown?