Attending the SPF Salon, and chatting with various friends and associates, it's been clear that the downtown theatre community in New York views the New York Times in a generally unfavorable light.
I guess my question would be... beyond what issues people have with the Times...what is the Times coverage that we want to see? If you could have your fantasy version of the New York Times Theatre section...what would it look like and what would their critics sound like?
Furthermore, what would be the impetus for the Times to make these changes? Do you think it would bring about a rise in readership? Ad Sales? Would it help them as much as it helps, say, us?
I'd love to hear some thoughts about this.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.