Vague thoughts about setting up a set of independent theater awards in Philadelphia.
So, I want to start up some awards in Philadelphia for independent theater. Awards are always a tricky thing; I mean, on the one hand, no one working in the arts should care about awards, because they’re bullshit, right? Even if you could accurately create a system for quantitatively evaluating performances or direction or design, how would you configure a system to ensure that you were judging it fairly? And then, what’s even the point of the award? You’re not going to be able to give them out until the show’s closed, anyway, so it’s not like it’s going to directly impact audience attendance. Certain people really care about getting awards, but really, I think we can all agree that artists who work primarily for the purpose of being officially honored by some arbitrary organization are probably not at the top of the list of great artists.