Is theater becoming a “lost art”? That’s one of the concerns addressed in Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play, a new book funded and published by the Theatre Development Fund. According to co-author Todd London, a former Chicagoan and artistic director of New Dramatists in New York, the book seeks “to paint the most comprehensive picture possible of how plays get written and produced in America. . . . On one hand, we have a playwriting profession that is larger, better trained, and more vital than at any time in our history. We also have a profusion of highly professional theatres with a deep commitment to new work. On the other hand, we have a profound rift between our most accomplished playwrights and the theatres who would produce them, an increasingly corporate theatre culture, dire economics for not-for-profits, dwindling audiences for non-musical work, and, perhaps most troubling of all, a system of compensation that makes it nearly impossible for playwrights to earn anything resembling a living. By telling this story–with firm statistical and anecdotal evidence–we hope to stimulate both conversation and action in the theatre field.” The book is available online for $14.95.