"Artistic directors of theater companies have maintained that no discrimination exists, rather that good scripts by women are in short supply. That claim elicited snorts and laughter from the audience when it was repeated Monday night, but Ms. Sands declared, 'They’re right.'"
Provocative, no? Read on!
The Times piece notes reasonable trepidation about the use of doollee.com as a main source of data. Nothing against doollee.com, but it's a catch-as-catch-can database and I'm not even entirely sure how it's updated.
For example, here's my own doollee.com page.
I've never personally updated this. I assume because of the blog, whomever is updating my page does so by pulling information from here. (Thanks if you're reading this!) Since it's no one's full time job, and since I don't get involved, there are discrepancies.
- They don't include the small production that I had in NH in 2000 of a play called The Message. (Long forgotten!)
- They don't include the currently running Glee Club.
- They don't include What To Do To A Girl but instead include The Standards of Decency Project, the festival in which it ran.
- They don't note the short play I ran at the Metropolitan about five years ago called 465.
- Trayf, which ran at the Brick, is missing.
- They don't have an accurate theater or producer for the original production of Reasons for Moving. (It was the Local Productions, at HERE Arts Center.)
Is it wildly inaccurate? Not at all. In fact, it's rather good. All of the above are minor omissions. As a place to obtain good, clean data, though, it's not perfect or authoritative, by any means.