Off-Ramp Extra

KPCC host and playwrite Steve Julian: live theatre is in trouble because we're desensitized

Of all the plays you have seen in the past few years, how many broke new ground for you? Not, “how many moved you,” because we all can be moved by Feed the Birds now and again. But, which works taught you something new? What play left you in your seat after your row emptied out? Which is the first to come to mind months later? As the LA theater community forms a producers league and comes off its Fringe high and scouts out new works, we need to ask ourselves: can we give our audiences something they have not yet seen or heard? And I mean beyond the classics that collapse time. Because, if we can’t, we’re sunk.


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