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re: My review of the new Off Broadway musical JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE by David Byrne at the Public
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 01:39 pm EDT 03/17/17
In reply to: re: My review of the new Off Broadway musical JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE by David Byrne at the Public - Michael_Portantiere 01:06 pm EDT 03/17/17

In another lifetime, I worked for a large institutional theatre here in New York, and there was definitely a policy with certain writers (that the company had a long history with) that the company would produce any play brought to them by those writers. This was, firstly, to preserve the company's relationships with those writers, and, secondly, it was thought that, even if this particular play isn't as good, that it was worth producing in order to get the inside track on the next one, which might be a masterpiece.

That tends to mean that the audiences are getting subpar plays now and then, but also means that, if one of the plays is a huge hit, the company will be earning income from it for years to come, perhaps even enough to cover the costs of less successful endeavors from those writers.
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