Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Pro Nails Edition

Fucking Lazy: HowlRound, which serves as an Internet outlet for the feelings of the members of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, has a screed by one Mat Smart titled "The Real Reasons Playwrights Fail." Smart's conclusion is a very simple one: "Emerging" playwrights are fucking lazy. (No, seriously.) The post has garnered more response (comments-wise and links-wise) than, apparently, any other on HowlRound. It seems like the general attitude toward Smart's enlightened revelation is that he's 1) just a privileged white dude who doesn't get it (he, actually, does give a nod to the fact that he is white and a dude, but notes that he does not have a trust fund); and/or 2) he's got some more learning to do. But, some people agree with Smart and think that young playwrights need fires lit under their asses! I think it's all part of the creative process, or something, am I right?

Teddy Roosevelt, BAMF: Two Atlanta-based students created a mock ad campaign for the Smithsonian Institution that emphasized (among two other slogans) that "50 Cent got shot and still whines about it on stage. Teddy Roosevelt got shot mid-speech and didn't leave the stage until he finished." However, SI—while appreciative of the attention that the ads brought its museums when they catapaulted to Internet fame on Reddit—asked designers Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler to take down the images due to infringement. Fortunately, Burrows said she was expecting that.

Tigger II: TBD thinks that WPGC 95.5's Big Tigger Morning Show could stand to make guest host Marie "Free" Wright a permanent voice. Free's been filling in for Big Tigger while he recovers from sleep apnea surgery, and has been kicking some ass; TBD's got three reasons why WPGC should offer her an extended contract.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: We read The Washington Times' new arts section so that you don't have to put yourself through the same kind of pain and chatted with former (now returned) City Paper cartoonist Shawn Belschwender.

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