Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Importance of Players

Being a playwright without a company to write for and have performances is like an artisan making a product with no store to sell at. It's frustrating at the very least. And what's ironic is now, more than ever, people have decided they want to be writers. Gone are the days when a writer actually had venues to go to. The most important thing a writer needs is support. He needs a sounding board he can trust and a venue in which to develop his product and ideas. Shakespeare had a company of players to write for. So did Ibsen. It is the most important step in a process of play development. Honing a script through readings and staged reading is the key to really getting a play to fly and unfortunately, unless you are in a place where these things are readily available through a company of associates, it is very difficult to put together. Once the playwright actually hears the words, sees the intent in the actors interpretations, hones the line reading and finds jokes that may not be evident but need to be unearthed. Then can the work proceed to greatness. However, these days it seems the playwright has to hone his stuff toward acceptance of the status quo or go It alone. Try as he will to get his words into the mouths of actors. This takes time, talent and money away from the playwright. Gone are the days of the many outlets and venues that used to be available to the writer. Now the pie has been cit so small that even a tiny piece has its costs. Doubly so in this terrible economy. You can't eat words, but they can sure eat at you.

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