I’ve been a director, an actor, and a playwright. Sometimes, all three at once.
I’m happy to say I have never had this experience. I was shocked to read in this blog that some theatre directors think it’s okay to cut and paste the work of a living playwright without consultation or permission.
I love working collaboratively, love being in rehearsals and seeing how a great director can find things in my text that illuminate, develop and intensify the piece I have written.
I’m always open to hear from actors if they have a different, more authentic, or just plain better way of saying a line.
But for a director to take a play by a living playwright and carve it up – that is not acceptable.
What do you think?