• Don Corathers
  • Jeffrey Sweet

Last spring, after Victory Gardens Theater let it be known that its entire 14-member playwrights’ ensemble would be shifted to “alumni” status, I attempted, without success, to talk with some of them about the abrupt change. During interviews for last week’s culture column, original ensemble member Jeffrey Sweet explained why they were elusive then, and why they’re talking now. Here’s more of what he had to say:

“When [new artistic director] Chay Yew first came in, we pretty much had a consensus: we were going to wait and see how it would work out. Also we weren’t about to shoot our mouths off as long as Sandy [Shinner, former associate artistic director], whom we all loved, was working there. And she’s been treated shabbily, so now that’s over with.” [Shinner’s job was eliminated in June.]