The stories and news-making milestones every theatre fan should remember from this past year.
Many of the same stories that were writ large across
America also came home to roost on stages and backstages of American theatre.
While it was certainly a year people still craved news about Hamilton and newcomer Dear Evan Hansen, other trends and
narratives took their places in stage headlines. These are the eight most
impactful stories and buzzed-about topics in theatre from the year 2017:
WOMEN MAKE HISTORIC MARKS
Women artists made important strides on Broadway this year; not just as actors,
but by pulling the levers of power as producers, directors, and writers as
Lynn Nottage became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for a second time.
She won for her play Sweat,
about the testing of friendships among a group of blue-collar workers when
their company begins layoffs. Nottage had won the prestigious accolade in 2009
for her play Ruined, about women
trying to survive amid the chaos of civil war in Africa’s Democratic Republic
of the Congo.
Click here for the full Playbill.com article published by Robert Viagas on December 27, 2017.