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re: DRAMATISTS GUILD STATEMENT ON AUTHOR ADVANCES AMID CANCELLATIONS
Posted by: mikem 07:48 pm EDT 03/18/20
In reply to: DRAMATISTS GUILD STATEMENT ON AUTHOR ADVANCES AMID CANCELLATIONS - Official_Press_Release 12:58 pm EDT 03/18/20

I understand why the Guild wants to take a strong stand, and no one should be demanding or coercing writers to give back their advances, but the tone of this statement is a bit much IMO. The theater companies are not the enemy. I don't think playwrights are being "scapegoated" because a theater company has asked that a writer consider returning the advance for a cancelled production. Theater companies are asking patrons to consider converting their unused ticket into a donation rather than asking for a refund. That doesn't seem like a horrible thing for them to be asking at this crazy time. Asking a playwright to do something similar doesn't seem so horrible, either. The playwright, like the patron, can just say, "no."
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