Directing Playwriting

Talk to Your Playwright

And I don’t just mean me. Well, I do mean me but in addition, I mean all of us.

If you’re doing a play, and your playwright is alive (don’t go try reviving Shakespeare), reach out to them. Maybe it’s just to tell them you’re enjoying working on the show. Maybe you have a question. Maybe you send them a signed poster. I got one of those this morning, and it made my day. It makes my day to hear that my work is part of an enjoyable experience. Yesterday I received an email from the director who shared how they were using music to highlight different aspects of a script. I like hearing about those kind of things. There’s just no way I can get to every production of every play and it’s lovely to hear what’s going on. As consistently as I can, when I find out about a new production, I reach out to the director to let them know if there’s a question, contact me. If there’s something cool going on, contact me. I’m not lying here, I really want to know.

Now, are there douchebag playwrights who don’t want to hear from you? Of course there are. Just like there are douchebag dentists and lawyers, and ice-cream vendors, there are crabby playwrights who for some bizarre reason hate their customers and don’t want to talk to anyone. There are some playwrights who are impossible to get ahold of because there are agents and managers and bubble wrap in the way.

But there are a lot of us without agents, managers,and bubble wrap. Lots of us who are easy to find on the internet, who write a lot of plays. And if you’re doing one of our plays, we’d like to hear from you. (Unless you want to change something in the script and are going to get all pissy when we say no. Always ask first people! Don’t just do it and assume we’re going to be all nice and amenable cause, hey, why respect the artist who spent time and energy writing the thing?)

Talk to your playwright. Do it. Do it!

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Lindsay Price

2 Comments

  • Interesting. With advance notification by publishers of plays produced, I have offered to go locally to schools where they are doing my plays. (And I would go for free.) The answer has always been – silence.

  • What a shame Claudia! I have a high school with a highly developed drama program five minutes from my house,  and have offered to do (free) new play workshops there. The silence was rather deafening! And yet I have teachers in Florida who are always asking about workshops. We’re never appreciated in our own back yards huh?