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Unsafe Spaces: From the Desk of the DG President, Doug Wright

Keynote Speech from the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Hilton Midtown Hotel, New York City, July 28, 2018

Doug Wright
Doug Wright

“The theatre must always be a safe . . . place.”

So said Donald J. Trump; I’m hesitant to use the title “president,” because as President of your Guild, I have a vested interest in rehabilitating that word.

Trump launched this aesthetic salvo when the fearless cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton confronted musical theatre enthusiast Mike Pence (who knew?) following the show’s curtain call.

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Doug Wright
Doug Wright

Broadway: Good Night, Oscar (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Play), I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), War Paint, Hands on a Hardbody, The Little Mermaid, and Grey Gardens. Off-Broadway: Posterity (Atlantic); Unwrap Your Candy (Vineyard); Quills (NYTW); Standing on Ceremony (Minetta Lane); Buzzsaw Berkeley (WPA).