"Low Brow to High Brow and the Entertainment Industry" (2017)

Essay originally written for Brushstrokes as part of the 2017 Global Cultural Fellows Program at the University of Edinburgh, Kevin Doyle explores concerns that the architects of U.S. cultural policy expressed during the 1960s related to corporate control of the arts and media, and connects it to contemporary artists' fascination with mining popular culture for inspiration and content. What happens when all our sources for popular culture only emanate from two or three consolidated corporations?

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"THE AЯTS" - world premiere - September 2018 at La MaMa E.T.C. New York, NY

2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

2018 Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. TCG / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USA

2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Finalist. Royal Exchange Theatre, England

 

"The sting of the playwright's satire is softened only by his gift for comic absurdity." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hilarious satire of social norms that touches on everything that is wrong with America." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Clearly unafraid to deal with reality, and present it unflinchingly." -- SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

"Socially critical drama without an accusing finger or a whiny political tone." -- DE MORGEN

"Doyle's clever, sparing use of language recalls Ionesco's best." -- BACKSTAGE

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