Cast your mind back, WAY back, to Romney vs. Obama. Dig way back in the junk drawer of your cranium and you may find an odd, seemed-to-be-unimportant little nugget: that time when Mitt Romney tried to frame Bain Capital as a small business.
Absurd! Preposterous! Outlandish! Yeah, no. It’s the new normal. Exhibit A: the 2017 Steinberg Award for playwrights in their early-to-middle careers, commonly known as "emerging." This year’s worthy recipients are Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Lucas Hnath, Tony nominee.
Bain Capital is a small business. Akhtar and Hnath are emerging playwrights.
This is no knock on either writer--they do great work, and I hope they continue to write plays. Which I will go see. But. I have a question. If Akhtar and Hnath are emerging playwrights, that makes the playwrights I thought of as emerging...what? “Early career” playwrights? Fledgling maybe? And that makes me… a fish egg. (Hey, it’s my most popular blog post for a reason.)