Black list, an attempt to advance the careers of undiscovered writers by drawing attention to high-quality unproduced scripts, was conceived 17 years ago with a focus on Hollywood. The organization is now looking to expand its work into theatres.
The project’s leadership announced Tuesday that it will begin inviting playwrights and music writers to share their work with gatekeepers in the theater, film and media industries. video, with the goal of helping them find representation, get feedback, and land production in the theatrical world or work in the world of film and television.
Four highly regarded nonprofit theaters, Miami New Drama in Florida, Movement Theater Company in New York, Victory Gardens in Chicago and Woolly Mammoth in Washington, each of which has agreed to deliver a new play or musical from a writer whose work appears in the project . The commission is $10,000 per person.
“Our fundamental belief is that there are so many great playwrights whose opportunities don’t match their talents,” says Franklin Leonard, who founded Black List. “If we can fix that, that’s what we should do.”
The Black List began as an annual survey of scripts Hollywood executives enjoy but have not yet turned into a movie, and the organization says 440 of those have been produced since. The Blacklist then added a for-profit arm that allows writers to post scripts online to gain the attention of industry professionals and also allows writers, for a fee, seek script reviews from readers who work in the industry. (Reviews cost $100, of which $60 goes to the reader.)
Leonard said he and Megan Halpern, the Black List executive leading the theater expansion, have been talking with theater industry leaders for months about the idea of expanding the reach of the Black List, with the goal of The goal is to help undiscovered musical theater and playwrights find work in theater and, possibly, in film or TV.
“What we heard was that people wanted to find new playwrights, but the reality was that it was impossible to get over wading through the mud,” he said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/25/theater/black-list-theater.html Blacklist, established in Hollywood, expands to theater