Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ran into Jerry Patch in the Lobby of The Public Theatre on Saturday

Nice to see friendly faces from my Orange County days. Well, he didn't recognize or remember me, even after I re-introduced myself, but still it was nice. I guess. He talked to us for a few minutes-- probably because I was with Toby Thelin, who works at his new theater, the Manhattan Theatre Club. Still. He talked to us. He said that Mary Fengar Gail is also moving to NY, so I am glad to get to see her soon.

He opined that Sarah Ruhl, Itamar Moses, and Noah Haidle are the only significant playwrights under 35 in the nation (good thing for him I just turned 35 in November, huh? Otherwise them would have been fighting words!). Ahem. And seemed to be really excited about getting to work at MTC.

I was there seeing John Belluso's THE POOR ITCH (which I will blog about later) and I think Jerry was just hanging around to meet up with somebody important. Not sure. He didn't say.

There is an article in the LA Times about how Jerry is transitioning from the Old Globe Theatre to the Manhattan Theatre Club. Your loss west coast, our gain.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-patch25mar25,1,1139674.story

8 comments:

Jaime said...

As much as I love two of those three playwrights (and like the other well enough), that statement makes me feel sick. Even if significant doesn't mean awesome, it's still a frighteningly small number. And even if my list wouldn't break ten... And maybe not include all three of his... it's still upsetting.

Johnna Adams said...

Yeah, it was depressing. I love two out of three of those playwrights, too. And in terms of attention, money earned, and professional productions - you can't really argue with him.

Freeman said...

Is that the measure of significance at MTC? Attention, money earned and professional productions?

That's a very commercial metric, don't you think? Especially for a non-profit.

Floyd said...

I always thought Jesus was the only person who ever did anythign significant before his 35th birthday. But now that I think of it, Sarah Ruhl comes awful close. i love theater!!!! YAY YAY YAY ..LOL!

Johnna Adams said...

I am the one who said "in terms of attention, money earned, and professional productions." That's snarky little me-- although I didn't realize it was so snarky until I re-read it.

Jerry said "best under 35"-- he probably meant strictly in terms of talent and ability. He seems genuinely, rapturously enthusiastic with the playwrights' work.

I wasn't realy meaning to snark out against Noah, Itamar and Sarah-- I sort of meant that, yes, they clearly are well above the curve in many ways- I just picked snarky things to compliment them on having. That is most likely due to bitterness. I am sucking on wormwood now. I will try to spit it out for my next blog post.

Malachy Walsh said...

With such an opinion about everyone under 35, I'm not sure the West Coast is actually on the losing end of his jump.

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