Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Hath not a playwright rent?

Playwright Fin Kennedy responds to Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke's challenge: 'Shakespeare was daring. Why aren't new writers?'

"Today's playwrights are a motivated, opinionated, highly intelligent, politically aware group of angry young men and women. It's not that we don't want to write big, demanding plays. It's that we're so often frustrated in our ambitions. And why? One reason comes up time and again: money...hath not a playwright rent? Hath not a playwright bills? Fed from the same supermarket, subject to the same council tax, warmed and cooled by the same central heating? Is it fair to starve us to death and then complain that your pound of flesh looks malnourished?"

heh. i am reminded that the line was actually "five hundred pounds a year, and a room of one's own."
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