For too many people, theatre is one thing. It’s a structured form of entertainment meant to illuminate some truth in life, stick to some kind of structure, and leave you with a message. This is what sells tickets in mainstream theaters. But the world of theatre is vast, and richly populated with a diverse landscape of artists.
It is clear that there is a need to help introduce new audiences to new kinds of theater. Experimental theater is a broad term, but for our purposes it is any theater that abandons traditional styles and embraces innovative concepts and develops new work through these new styles. There is a new wave of storytelling, one that has been long approaching.
The need to spread the word about theater is vital. It is a style that struggles to find an audience, even here in Los Angeles. The voices of the next generation of artists are most likely going to be discovered in styles other than just traditional theater, but only if we are actively seeking them. And so it is up to those of us who are artists and who are supporters of the arts to help usher these voices out of the shadows and into light.