Monday, May 08, 2006

How sweet.

Playwright Dennis Kelly is a jokester. To paraphrase:

What is the difference between a toilet and a dramaturg?

A toilet doesn't follow you around.



Anonymous Ken said...

Speaking of dramturgs, are all you other playwrights as sick as I am of the current state of affairs in the "play development" world? This endless fiddling with plays, as if all a play needs is some tinkering, and then it will be "perfect." I don't want 5 readings of a single play, with still no guarantee of a full production. Do you remember "productions", folks? That used to be the purpose of writing a play. The next time I want to see a bunch of actors sit on folding chairs with cups of take-out deli coffee, I'll write a play that takes place in our glorious "play development" world. And the play being developed in my play will be about the play development world, etc. And then, I will likely disappear in a puff of self-referential smoke.

I'm new to this blog, so forgive me if this is all old news to you regulars. I just felt the need to vent.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

God, yes. I cringe to consider it. It is definitely a major issue in the US, and is starting to show up on the radar here in the UK. Due to funding and financial risks, it is no longer feasible for many theatres to put up a new play that has no guarantee of success. And so they workshop them to death. It ain't pretty sometimes.

(That said, I'll be the first to give a reading of your 'play development' play, just to bring it full circle.)

Thanks for the comment! I want to talk about these industry values a lot more, so stay tuned.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Justin Kownacki said...

If I could possibly make a film about a film ABOUT the making of a play about play development, I'm fairly certain I could at least get an Independent Spirit Award for Best Adapted Screenplay... or Best Sound...

1:45 AM  

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