(Mamet’s article ran in the Guardian, 4/11.)

David Mamet and the battle for Broadway

What's up with New York theatre? And does issue-based drama ever really work? In two exclusive extracts from his new book, David Mamet has some answers

Game does not disappear because of over-hunting, but because of destruction of habitat. It takes 100 square miles to support a grizzly bear and hundreds of acres to support a herd of deer. In the theatre, the habitat in which the artist must flourish is the audience.

In 1967, when I was at acting school in New York, there were 72 new Broadway plays produced. In 2009, there were 43, of which half were revivals. Why the diminution? The habitat has disappeared – the audience, which is to say, the middle class, is gone.


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