I'm in Denver for The Dramatists Guild. Yesterday I offered a Self-Production Primer, a 4-hour starter kit workshop on some fundamentals for playwrights interested in producing their own work. Whenever I teach one of these in a new city, I always find it an interesting window into that local community. Spending a half a day with a roomful of people who are making theatre on a grassroots level gives you a flavor for the feel of the local culture.
And in Denver the feeling was great. Two things struck me most immediately about the 20 people gathered in that room at the Denver Center Theatre rehearsal building.