I'm not exactly sure if this post is a response to my post about class and the theater or not, but it still makes me want to kick in a fucking window.
Of course he's right that playwrights need to work hard, but his attitude represents a larger sort of American thinking that's outdated and dangerous. It's the idea that we live in a meritocracy where the cream rises to the top. The truth is, privilege exists in theater because it exists everywhere in America.
We do not live in a meritocracy.
I love when straight, white, dudes are brash enough to argue that disadvantages against women, racial minorities, poor folks, gays etc. are completely imagined despite oodles of evidence to the contrary. Minorities are poor because of LAZINESS.
The line of thinking is: "I've never found X to be a problem, so it must not exist." It's a selfish, myopic understanding of life in America, whether it's about theater or any other profession. In short, it's the argument of somebody who benefits from privilege.