3Views

The theater speaks in many voices.


Launching this Fall

 

the What

 3Views on Theater is a new online journal that will illuminate the art of theater, writing in many voices about our community. If there are 13 ways of looking at a blackbird, there are many ways to look at our national theater: think at least three views, rather than one view.

 3Views will create new content through reviews, interviews, purviews (and a little preview). Our notion of a review will model illumination over opinion. We will have conversations with artists from all fields in the theater community, providing insight and context into their work. We will invite guest Editors to discuss and explore current works, focusing on the practice of the craft and reviewers’ takeaways. Editors will rotate month to month, reflecting different aesthetic points of view, genders, races, and other backgrounds. Most importantly, we will always leave room for artists to answer back, in order to create dialogue and to empower artists. We will court a myriad of subjective views rather than perpetuating the illusion that taste is objective, because it is not.

 It's time to expand the conversation. Join us and support our launch by visiting our Kickstarter campaign.



the Why

We can't afford to lose more young theater artists of color because their plays are viewed through only one lens. We can't afford to lose mid-career women in the theater who don't feel seen. We can't afford to have one or two voices determine our national taste when our plays in this country are so multivalent, the tastes of audiences so wide and various. And we can't afford to stand by while arts coverage shrinks.

for Who

3Views is for anyone who is fed up with thumbs up and thumbs down reviews, for anyone who thinks the theater has a consequential relationship to the larger culture, and for anyone who just plain loves the theater. It may not be possible to surgically remove unconscious bias, but it is possible to embrace many voices, challenging a monochromatic view. The American theater is fractal — it has many dynamic branches. It's vast and it's growing; our criticism must keep up.