365 plays is a chart of my endeavour to read a play a day for the next 365 days*.
Why am I doing this?
a) Procrastination – I’m supposed to be working on my PhD
b) I love reading plays
c) I’m in the middle of writing a play
d) I’m hoping it’s going to make me a better writer
e) All of the above
There is also a serious side to this project. I’m sick to death of seeing and hearing only men’s voices on stage. People have been asking where the female playwrights are and I want to be able to answer that question. Next time you see a state theatre company program a season of all male playwrights (or maybe one token woman in the mix), you’ll be able to look through this blog and speak loudly about the lack of representation.
On the toolbar on the right you’ll see a button called categories. Click on it and you’ll see a drop down menu that includes female writers and male writers. At a glance you can see how I’m progressing in my endeavour to read as many plays by women as by men. If you select female writers, you’ll get the chance to look through all the plays by women that I’ve read thus far. (Same goes for Australian plays.)
You can find out more about me at my personal blog, although I imagine it will be pretty quiet this year while I’m reading and responding to 365 plays!
Thanks for sharing the journey with me,
* 22 September, 2011: A play a day for a year was my goal and I managed 162 days straight, no breaks, no excuses. But then I went into a bit of overwhelm and had to take a little hiatus. The last 203 plays will be read and responded to but without the self flagellation to read and respond daily. Some plays will take two days to read. Sometimes life (I do vaguely recall the notion) will get in the way. My hope is that less pressure will mean more enjoyment and pleasure from this project.