Why Do Theaters Dumb Down TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences)?
“We want to do children’s theater that doesn’t suck.” That was Debbie Devine and Jay McAdam’s answer when I asked how 24th ST Theatre’s shows were different from their local competition. I laughed and understood. I was just starting as their marketing director and not a parent myself, but I certainly knew the horror stories of wide-eyed “children’s theater” talking down to their audiences.
And so I set about convincing progressive Los Angeles parents that a show about death, or one with a scene about getting your period, or a one-woman King Lear, were exactly the shows they should bring their kids to see.
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This is the first column in a year-long series investigating Theatre for Young Audiences. Click the Talking TYA tag for more.