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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Freelance Director Makes Good!

On the one hand I'm thrilled PBS's new news show "Need to Know"decided to profile a relatively unknown theatre director--Marcia Milgrom Dodge, the recently Tony-nominated helmer of the much-praised but little-seen Ragtime revival.

On the other hand, it's a disappointingly passe network-tv style up close & personal that goes straight for the "inspiration" and "triumph over adversity" narrative instead of tackling what's actually newsworthy about Dodge's story and casting a light on the impossible freelancing life of some of our most talented stage directors. (Which is, hence, a threat to the artform itself in this country.)

Still, her story is told, and if you're a freelance director you probably will indeed find it...inspirational.

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But in her case, the freelancing life has been very possible. She has worked steadily for 30 years and been making a living. I appreciated that the subtext of the story (and yeah, too bad it was only subtext, even on PBS) was that Bway is not the be-all, end-all for a director.