On Sunday I went to a panel/conversation with theater directors. There was a discussion over calling a play “text” or a “script”, and which is more accurate. One of the directors referred to a play as a poem open for interpretation. Which is, after all, the job of the director. To interpret the work of the playwright. Some playwrights exert more control over the process than others–Edward Albee approves casting of his work. And the Beckett estate has strict rules for the productions of his work, though he has been dead for decades. In the theater, the playwright is the center of the process. Everyone else works on the interpretation of the work, guided by the director. But another director, another time, another theater company, the play can be revisited or rethought. Which is what makes theater a living art form.
The other day I was driving and listening to an interview…
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