***As I said in my original post, this thinking is in line with a post-hoc appraisal of Rudin's career: Because he produced these works, he's viewed as the only person who could/would have produced them. I refuse to accept that on face value.***
On that note, think we should all remember that, when Rudin flew into a rage and backed out of producing CLYBOURNE PARK very late in the game (because the playwright, Bruce Norris, had done something that upset him), he issued a public statement to the effect that "CLYBOURNE PARK is a great play that should be produced, and someone else will produce it." And, indeed, someone else did.