This week’s plays have each been in conversation with this theme of accessibility. Who get to have access to the content of the play? Who gets to physically have access to the performances? Who gets to have access to multifaceted, very human characters that represent them? Hell, everyone deserves access to plays and storylines that are shared experiences to their own.
One thing I clocked in reading these plays is that these stories can come from a playwright who is directly representing their experience and access to the world, like John Belluso, or a playwright that wants to tell a complex story with diverse characters that is not necessarily reflective of their own access to the world, like Aditi Kapil. Either way, it’s so refreshing to read bodies of work that give a broader, more diverse audience access to the theatre in a manner that reflective their own experiences.