If a performer’s desperation to be cast overwhelms her desire to create truly good work, she may accept roles that poorly represent and stereotype women, only furthering the problem. If companies continue to produce popular plays simply because they are a financially safer option, the stories will eventually become stale and irrelevant. By trying to save theatre, we are killing it.
Theatrical Gynophobia: A Disease Just As Bad As It Sounds by Genevieve Lerner

Artist Spotlight: Scott Malkovsky

When Scott Malkovsky first came to The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society in our third issue, we knew him as a fellow SUNY Fredonia grad and actor currently residing in L.A. We had no idea he would become one of our most beloved contributors, but it was clear from that first submission that he had something special. Since then, Scott’s work has been some of the most reblogged and shared of everything we publish at RPD. But no matter how successful any artist is, they will always have doubt. They will always second guess. They will change their minds, and work harder and throw things out and start over. Scott tells us a bit about his process in this week’s Feature and gives us Full Disclosure.

- Jordan Rizzieri, Editor-in-Chief

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In every class someone has a story
about a life destroyed by drunks behind the wheel,
but the numbers don’t change: 3 in 10 will know
the twist of metal and plastic, alcohol and impact.
What’s acceptable risk for forgetting you live in a dying town
and are no closer to getting out than you were two years ago?

Artist Spotlight: Lauren Dean

Today, we published a piece called “Madness”—a striking, image-rich short story that depicts the struggle that a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can create in a relationship. I was so intrigued by the writing that I wanted to talk to its author—and she graciously agreed to Skype with me, all the way from Alabama. We covered it all: Lauren’s own bipolar diagnosis, writing as therapy, bipolar disorder and relationships, and maintaining creativity throughout treatment for a mental illness. We look forward to hearing more from Lauren!

- Alecia Eberhardt, Interim Fiction Editor

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