Some truths are so self-evident that they can suffer outrageous neglect. One such is that theatre takes place in places. There is nothing virtual about it. Theatre takes place. In four dimensions: one of time, three of space. (Not even my fancy film friends can do that.) So it matters where you originally make a play.As they say in the blogosphere, RTWT.
It reminded me of this from Tom Loughlin and Isaac's response. (Leaving aside Isaac's final point, which I do think is valid, but confuses the actual issue.) The second point is key:
There are many smaller urban areas that have vibrant theatre communities. Portland Oregon, for example, has over 100 theater companies in it. It's the 30th largest city in America, with a population of under 600K. What it does not have very many of are theater companies that exist within the framework of institutional theater in America.I love Scott's work on rural and small community theatre-making, but it's worth remembering that we do already have a wide, varied and multi-focal theatre scene and if we can stem the flood of New York-ism (or Chicago-ism), it would go a long way to revitalizing our theatres and our communities.