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Women’s History Month Feature: Checking in with 3-time Tony® Award-winning Producer Eva Price

By Samara Finkle

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For our partnership with NY Theatre Barn for Women’s History month, we had the opportunity to speak with 3-time Tony® Award-winning Producer Eva Price.  Be sure to check her out on their upcoming event, A Seat at the Table: A Panel on Women In Theatre. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

Talk to us about being a woman in the industry, what do you think are the challenges?

The challenges of being a woman in the Broadway industry stem from the fact that Woman Producers and Woman leaders on Broadway mean you are part of the minority, and its a historical minority and has been the history of Broadway. Now, this is changing and there is absolutely is a rich history of wonderfully talented and successful female producers, but historically…and currently…the most powerful Producers and Theater Owners on Broadway are nearly 100% male. This creates a dynamic and style that is rooted in male dominance and patriarchy. Which means that, and in some cases it happens subconsciously, but a misogynistic and anti-feministic way of leading and communicating can be the norm.

I know Jagged Little Pill has basically an all-female team, what was your reasoning for putting that team together?

My partners, who are both male and are also beautiful fathers to daughters, and I felt that the impulses and themes of the album Jagged Little Pill were speaking so strongly to women. We knew that women were the best choices for both the story and the direction that was needed to tell the essence of what Jagged Little Pill the album wanted to inspire. But also, Diane Paulus and Diablo Cody, along with Alanis, were the obvious and best artists for this project.

When theater returns, what changes would you like to see in the industry?

I would like to see an industry that is more equitable, diverse, and inclusive….on all fronts.  This includes not only creative teams and producing teams, but also within the content of our shows. I would like to see us tell stories that are about ALL people, from all backgrounds, of ALL races and genders, and of ALL abilities. And not ONLY b/c that’s what’s required within the storytelling, but because that also means that imagination and possibility is used when developing and casting these stories.  I want a Broadway where no one is afraid of casting a protagonist or star, that is against expectation or against type, or against best commercial interests.

Anything else you’d like to shout out?

I can’t wait to be in a Theater again and to make Theater again. I am excited for the challenge and optimistic for the future!

Rapid Fire:

What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

A dream comes true that I never knew was a dream to begin with.

Favorite Condiment?

Honey Mustard.

Favorite Restaurant in NYC?

Luke’s Lobster.

A musical that you think is under-appreciated?

Me and My Girl


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