'Plaint of the Playwright

'Plaint of the Playwright

[ Friday, June 20, 2003 ]

Well, Orange Murder Suit didn't get selected by the Detroit Rep.

They did send along some comments, so I could see the responses to each of the three times it was read before it was passed on.

The first reaction:
The last act was devastating.  Someone else needs to read it.  I couldn't put it down.

Also, this reader gave the play the highest marks for "Originality," Theatrical Value Of Script," Believability of characters," "Intertesting Plot," "Effective Dialogue," Quality Of Playwright's Style," and "Opinion Of Overall Worth." There was also a note about how it could be "cast without regard to color," which is also cool.

The second reaction:

The overall reaction was a little more lukewarm, but these marks are cool--three checkmarks, man.

There's also notes pointing out the the "blood and violence" may provide some technical problems, and the final comment, interestingly, is "What about film?"

The third reaction:

This was the artistic director's reaction.


And yet, in its own way, a fair response. I don't really agree with it, obviously, but I also knew when I wrote this that this would be a reaction to it.

It's really interesting to me that the first and last reactions are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Anyway, just another day in the life.

And tomorrow is another rehearsal.

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