Running a Theater Company is Like Playing a Video Game

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Running a theater company is like playing a video game…with the twists and turns of near-death and good fortune, advancing to the next level and then crashing into unexpected potholes.  I’ve only been doing this for about 14 months so perhaps next year I will have a different analogy.  But let's stick with video games for now.  

All the various theater companies in town are coming out with their new season announcements right about now, including Rattlestick. I wanted to take this moment to explain why we are doing what we are doing now that we are at the start of a new game.

Next season, we are welcoming back Dael Orlandersmith, and producing MainStage shows of Diana Oh and Mashuq Deen. Although each of their pieces are very different, we are dedicating next season to giving time and resources to artists to tell very personal stories.  They are all actor-writers.  Working alongside of them will be our Apprentice Company, our songwriters who are part of New Songs Now, and other artists we are developing.  What do they all have in common?  They are all fierce, ambitious, innovative, and complex.  They are believe in community.  They are all asking questions about power, race, and violence.  

Daniella Topol