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re: Texas church performance of Hamilton ....
Posted by: Chromolume 01:33 pm EDT 08/08/22
In reply to: re: Texas church performance of Hamilton .... - NYCVoiceTeacher 12:44 pm EDT 08/08/22

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.

It's not that you're wrong in any of this - you're not. But you also know, full well, that most schools don't ask for permission for such things. For ANY show. It seems you're taking this very personally. But it's not about you as much as it is about how such things are handled (or not) in general. And if you've really "been a theatre educator for 30 years," you already know this.

But you yourself brought up the times when cuts are actually and routinely asked for (the play festivals, etc). And you HAVE to know that those cuts (to ANY plays, not just yours) are probably NEVER made with the permission of the playwright. So getting angry about it seems to serve no real purpose. You seem to want things both ways. It's hard to know what you're really complaining about. In any case, I woud wonder if ATC is really the place to complain, if you want anything to be done about it. (Meaning no disrespect to ATC.) Perhaps you need to talk to the heads of these school festivals to see if the rules can be strengthened or more carefully worded.

As a member of the DG, you must know about the link below. And Abaire's work here is very good, and also, dare I say, very cute. But what does the DG do to get it enforced?????? If you don't have answers, I think your complaints, especially when put so personally, seem a bit hollow.
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