My review of the former will be out Wednesday. However, I hope it will be more than simply an evaluation of the show over at The Mid City Theatre. Along with having much to recommend, Caudle’s play has the additional benefit of being directly relevant to a recent Huffington Post editorial by Lauren Gunderson about the need for more female roles in the theatre.
Essentially her argument boils down to this: women are the majority of the people sitting in the audience, so it only makes sense that they should be seeing more of their own stories. Read the piece, and you will see it is neither an angry screed nor a lament but more of a logical outlay of facts and a playful jibe concerning the current state of affairs.
My thoughts on New Orleans and new work can be of help in Gunderson’s suggestion/proposal/argument. New Orleans has always been a haven for the reinvention of identity. In the words of John O’Neal, “New Orleans lets you be.” With that in mind, let us endeavor for New Orleans to be not only a petri dish in the creation of new work but also, more specifically, a home for the creation of new works by, for, and about women. After all, the infrastructure already exists not only through Southern Rep but also other smaller companies in town that are run or spearheaded by women.