February 10, 2008

CHICAGO VOICES: An excerpt from “A Rejection of Risk” by Brett Neveu

We are told as playwrights to focus on our own unique style and voice, but when theaters need certain “commercially viable” plays in order to stay in business, do style and voice suffer? Is theater doomed to be an enterprise that, like film, leaves it experimentation and risk-taking to those spending the least amount of money? Or will theater step up and lead the way, knowing that its future lies in the support of writers longing to define and reflect what it means to be alive in our present moment?
This essay appears in the Winter 2008 issue of Chicago Life. Brett Neveu is a playwright whose work regularly debuts and appears in Chicago.


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