PXP has been asking ourselves...
What did we do this year?
And how do we tell that story...
I guess we should first show off our writers...
We had almost 30 writers this year!
That is more than we have ever had before.
Think 2X as many.
Oh wait. 3X as many.
And they were from schools across the city.
Lehman College, Hunter College, John Jay College, NYC College of Technology, Fashion Institute of Technology, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Long Island University, Queens College, St. Francis College, The New School, City College, Sophie David School of Biomedical Education, St. John's University, Fordham University...
But enough about us.
You want to know what we did, right?
We meet some people at the theatre:
Those were the most recent ones.
But, it was a few more than that.
PXP's three photographer/interviewers
met and PXP shared:
134 People at the Theatre.
And that was at a number of shows...
This is our Youth, Audio Abramovic, Rock of Ages, Bonedive Scounger, Kinky Boots, Then She Fell, Brooklynite, Pretty Filthy, The Lion, Josephine and I, Catch Me If You Can, Eurydice, R & J & Z, Evita, Mammoth: a De-Extinction Love Story, Macbeth, D Deb Debbie Deborah, The Upper Room, Hand to God, It Shoulda Been You, Hamilton, Fondly, Collete Richland, Spring Awakening, Alcoholic Move Musical, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, First Daughter Suite, Fool for Love, Barrier Islands, Motherstruck, 39 Steps...
...to name a few.
Those almost 30 writers.
They saw some theater.
worth of theater.
And that translated into a lot POST-show reflecting.
So far, in 2015, we have posted...
And by the end of the year. That will be:
Because now PXP is posting one reflection A DAY.
Here are some of PXP's favorites POSTs from 2015:
Those are nice.
Oh, and we should probably mention all the comments.
In the spring - on our prompts for Stage Doors
PXP had... 362 comments
The Lion King - Who should be Pres? - 100 comments
Hamilton - Founding Fathers=gangsters or honorable? - 114 comments
Fun Home - What does courage look like? - 102 comments
Curious Incident - Do adults know best? - 21 comments
Curious Incident - A moment you connected to... - 25 comments
In the fall - it was another story...
Barbecue - Who gets to tell your story? - 42 comments
Allegiance - Who betrayed their allegiance? - 111 comments
Wicked - Who is the villain? - 12 comments
Hir - Order or choas? - 50 comments
Kinky Boots - Who's the real man? - 155 comments
Fiddler on the Roof - Progress v. tradition? - 23 comments
Invisible Thread - Did he make a difference? - 27 comments
And we keep getting more everyday.
That's 420 comments. It's on the up.
Here are a few favorites:
On Allegiance - JeanC: "I think America betrayed its allegiance to its culture, even though Sammy's family were American they had to leave their home because the country thought that they were threat to the country."
On Hir - Fatima: "Though order is typically deemed the most admirable quality, in the play "Hir", chaos serves as the catalyst to the plot line. When the father was healthy and more stable, he used order to force his family around and create such a toxic atmosphere that pushed even his own son to leave and search for something new. It is only once he becomes sick that the family can break from his strict orders and retaliate in the sense that they now have control and things are 'chaotic'. The chaos was a mess in the sense that it was everything the father did not like. Following that chaos, Isaac comes home to something unknown and tries to balance that by placing things to their natural order, which was truly detrimental to the family. The attempts of stabilizing the household causes everything to fall apart as it brought back unwanted feelings and memories. With order, originally designed and taught by the father, no one was able to branch out, but chaos helped the characters see what was ultimately most important for themselves and their family."
On Fiddler - Simranjot Kaur: "I believe that progress can't exist with tradition because for any progress to be made in a society the tradition has to be broken. Even if the tradition is small, to bring change among a religion or a group of people the previous tradition would have to be changed or ended. People can't move on if they are being held back by rules and regulations that are followed by many people and for too long. To break out from a cycle of a certain tradition one has to break the tradition itself."
On Barbecue - Thomas Lin: "For accuracy: Me. For an emphasis good points: Good friends. For harsh truths: People who dislike me."
On Kinky Boots - samantha ayala: '"The real man" is not a person. It is a form of action. I believe the real man is anyone who accepts anyone as they are and what they believe in. A real man does not judge a person for what they want to be. The real man in the play is anyone who is willing to let their biased opinions go and not get the best of them and accept people for who they are.'
On Invisible Thread - Brandon Buckner: "Griffin made a difference in others' worlds. The whole world? That's a bit much. But he definitely impacted many lives for the better including not only his own but those of the five Ugandan teenagers. He saw an opportunity to help and encourage them to success and he took it. And with it came the change that he wanted to see in the world. Every drop of change has a load or rippling effects. So maybe Griffin didn't make a difference in the world. But he definitely changed the lives of several Ugandan youth who then went on to change the lives of many more as they became teachers and nurses and other civil servants and leaders. So yes, I guess Griffin did change the world... by starting the ripple."
I know, I know.
But, you're thinking:
"That's great, PXP."
"But... what are the numbers?"
In 2013, PXP had about 7,000 sessions.
(What's a session? It is someone accessing the site.)
In 2014, PXP had about 9,500 sessions.
But, wait for it.
In 2015, PXP had about 25,000 sessions.
That's almost 3X as many as 2014.
When Play by Play stopped circulation, it was sending out 60,000 copies per issue.
So, we are almost half way back to that number in under 2 years.
And in that number, we KNOW everyone is seeing PXP.
With the average session duration jumping from...
2:20 in the spring
3:32 in the fall