Check out this article on Arena Stage's new program for playwrights. Basically, they're going to hire some playwrights on staff, with salary and benefits. This is something I've been talking about/fantasizing about for years. If this catches on among the large LORT theatres, it could be HUGE for American playwrights, by helping bring some additional stability to their lives (both personal lives and creative lives), giving them more space to make stronger work, and to help them stay focused on the theatre (less tempted to go write for TV).
So, in my ideal world: 1) more theatres follow this model. 2) One of them hires me. But no matter what, this is very good news.