Do you ever wonder what the heck is going on with the media these days?
I know I do and I am in the middle of it as a blogger-journalist here at KPLU’s Humanosphere.
This is not a photo of NPR folks hard at work. It’s a scene from a play, The New New News, that I helped a couple local thespians produce aimed at informing and entertaining you about the current state of the news media. Starts its run at Seattle’s Erickson theater Thursday.
Why do a play about new media?
Well, why are people who post comments on Facebook and Twitter now regarded as news “sources?” Are bloggers journalists? What exactly is a blog? What exactly is journalism?
How did the Seattle Times use Twitter to win a Pulitzer and also complicate the police manhunt for cop-killer Maurice Clemmons? How did Art Thiel navigate the awkward waters of entrepreneurial journalism — seeking financial support from the very sports organizations he so famously skewers as a sports columnist?
What are those people doing in the blue bird suits?
These questions and many more are examined — based on real news events, and some not so real — in this new drama written by local playwrights Dawson Nichols and Paul Mullin.
Dawson also directs the play, which this week begins its run, starting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Capitol Hill’s Erickson Theatre at Seattle Central Community College. (I’m a co-producer with Paul and Dawson, the play’s journalist-consultant, but I don’t really do anything important so I can praise it without being accused of too much bias.)
Here are some articles and reviews (so far) of this great new piece of local theater and media analysis:
Monica Guzman at Intersect
KUOW Tweeting the Manhunt
My pitch for Seattle Post Globe
We expect more previews and reviews soon from The Stranger, KPLU and other media. We did this on a shredded shoestring, so don’t expect a lot of marketing. Come, tell your friends to come!
Below are the details, contained in an invitation from Dawson, for this weekend’s show at the Erickson:
I want to remind you that this weekend is your only chance to see The New New News at Central’s own Erickson Theater!