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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Primary Stages Response

Here is the full response I received from Jessica Sadowski Comas, Director of Development for Primary Stages to this post about the news that subscribers are not renewing because their season exclusively features female playwrights. I have also pasted it in the comments section of the original post.


Dear Callie,

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding Primary Stages upcoming 25th Anniversary Season. As you know, we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone anniversary with a season of new works, written by three very talented women, that we believe will be enjoyed and appreciated by audiences and participating artists. While there are several organizations that dedicate their work to female artists, we are aware that female playwrights have been under-represented in established venues and applaud efforts by any institution or individual to bring some balance to this issue.

To clarify, I can confirm that subscription renewals are progressing at a slower pace than they did last year, a trend that many American theaters are experiencing at this time. We have received comments from subscribers who have chosen not to renew for various reasons and, unfortunately, a few have indicated that our season of all-female playwrights is the reason. At the same time, we are gratified by an [sic] stronger positive response to our announcement. On behalf of Primary Stages, I apologize if there was any misunderstanding that led anyone to believe that all non-renewing subscribers were responding negatively to the gender of our playwrights.

Thank you to everyone who has rallied behind our season or who has purchased a subscription for a young, female playwright to attend our 25th Anniversary Season. If you have any more questions, feel free to write me back.

All best,
Jessica Sadowski Comas Director of Development
Primary Stages 307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510 New York, NY 10018 T: 212.840.9705 F: 12.840.9725 www.primarystages.org
25th Anniversary Season - New works by Cusi Cram, Charlayne Woodard, Lucinda Coxon

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