Someone ought to put em in their place!
Here's some hyperbole...just for fun...which scenarios are acceptable to you and which are dear reader?
A young promising playwright has been commissioned by a arts org to write a play for their ensemble. The piece is written, the playwright has been compensated, and rehearsals have begun. During the first week of rehearsals, the director (who happens to be a member of the ensemble with previous acting/directing/and playwriting credits) has one or more changes to propose such as...
1) Changing definite articles like "a" to "the" so that certain lines flow better
2) Moving the protagonist's monologue from one scene to another because it will carry more emotional weight
3) Deciding that a certain secondary character in a few scenes is superfluous and wanting them removed and their lines given to a different character
4) Wanting to change the locale specified by the playwright...i.e. moving a certain scene from the kitchen into the bedroom
5) Deciding than certain lines that were written to spoken at the same time should be spoken separately
6) Thinking that the premise of the protagonist works better it some sort of change is made to their gender, sexual identity, race, class, occupation, physical appearance, degree of health
When the playwright insists that these changes are not acceptable to him/her...the director makes certain suggestions like...
1) Well, we commissioned it so we have a right to change anything we want without the playwright's approval
2) So long as as I am respecting the basic premise/scenario of the playwright, changes to the actual events and words are acceptable
3) The playwright should just be grateful we are producing the a play even if we insist on changes. We could have just as easily produced a dead playwright's work and made all the changes we want
4) Playwrights have to understand that their words are only a polite suggestion about how the performance should be undertaken, and in a world where a piece can be distributed and documented without utilizing the written word, theatre is no longer literature
5) If the playwright ever wants to work again, they better be willing to concede artistic choices they make to the will of the director
Hyperbole? Maybe...maybe not. What do you think?