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re: Texas church performance of Hamilton ....
Posted by: NYCVoiceTeacher 12:44 pm EDT 08/08/22
In reply to: re: Texas church performance of Hamilton .... - Chromolume 10:42 pm EDT 08/07/22

With all due respect. The Play belongs to ME. It is my property they are renting. They legally have NO RIGHT to change a damn thing. Yes, I do have a cut down version available. They rarely use it. They want to make their own cuts, and although I don't take it personally because I know it goes on with many plays, The schools have no right at all to do this. If they want to contact me, I am willing to work with them.

I don't need perspective. There is none. It's my property. They are renting it AS IS. Playwrights are creators. We deserve to have our property respected. The fact that you think that I should just allow anyone to cut whatever they want is just awful. I don't blame the kids. I have been a theatre educator for thirty years. I have never cut someone's work. Your attitude is a part of the problem. You could not be more wrong. "maybe I should take my play out of the market".. are you insane. It took me ten years to write the play. There are actual rights a playwright has. That is why I am a member of the Dramatists Guild. I am sure they would agree with me, and think everything you are saying goes against our protections.

So, don't cut my play unless you ask me. Don't change the casting unless you ask me. Don't change a damn thing unless you ask me. You talk as though schools have a right to cut the plays... they DO NOT.
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