Before we return to our regularly scheduled reviewing, I wanted to take a moment--not to look back on 2008, but to look forward to 2009. One of the goals of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps is, after all, to be excited about the future of theater, and rather than dwell over the best and worst of last year, it seems more appropriate to take a look around and appreciate all the delightfully unexpected possibilities in store for us this year. (Of course, not everybody enjoys being surprised at the theater, and that's why one of our other goals is to help describe just how very much is out there--to avoid reductive bashes [or even praises], but to identify what's being done and why it is so very important and vital, why it is--at least to us--so beloved a medium.)
This year, make (and follow through) on this one simple resolution: see something new. Go to a venue you've never been to, hear the voice of a playwright you don't know, discover the talents of the many rising stars in the theater. And feel free to tell us about it. After all, the best is always yet to come.
- Aaron Riccio
Editor, Theater Talk's New Theater Corps
According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.