THE TRENDETECTOR

=As a newcomer to the #FreelanceLyfe, I’ve been revisiting some movies and shows from earlier this year trying to detect trends that would make for juicy pitches in the eyes of omnipotent editors.


A few of these ideas can be found below; click on the hyperlinks for more thoughts on the listed works.

Oh, and if you happen to be one of those all-powerful-editors, and if you happen to want to pay me to flesh out these trend-detections, then happen to HIT A BROTHER UP.

And now, without further ado:

  • Conventional dramaturgy in plays that re-examine parts of traditions that may have been haphazardly devalued in modern quests towards total progressivism: Michael McKeever’s Daniel’s Husband at Primary Stages (examined tradition: marriage); Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane at Playwrights Horizons (examined tradition: religious communities); and Steven Levenson’s If I Forget at the Roundabout Theatre Company (examined tradition: also religious communities).
  • Titles that convey in themselves their thematic focus on questioning inherited reality: Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart, and Sarah Ruhl’s how to transcend a happy marriage at Lincoln Center (the lower case-spelling of the title rejects normative capitalizations).
  • Kids unable to cope with the messy realities of their parents: how to transcend a happy marriage; Harvey Weinstein’s 3 Generations; and David Bezmozgis’s Natasha.
  • The destruction of conventional binaries: Buster’s Mal Heart (addresses the very nature of binaries); Natasha (addresses cultural binaries); Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers; and how to transcend a happy marriage (both ponder whether monogamy — a simplistic binary — should really be the widely predetermined go-to for a majority of relationships. The Lovers posits that most couples require fantastical outlets that usually take the form of philandering liaisons, and how to transcend a happy marriage delves into the arguably ideal complexity of triads).
  • Most explorations of binaries touch upon the most fundamental one of all when dealing with movies and shows: the binary between art and real life. how to transcend a happy marriage features characters aware they’re in a play talking directly to the audience; the title character in Buster’s Mal Heart creates a fictional double to deal with the discord in his mind; and a lot of The Lovers is about how real life can feel as superficially fake as inherently reductive art.

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