|The first production of one of my first plays. The Director thought a female would be better as the lead than the male I intended. When you listen to your directors and trust them they can help you see things you never saw.|
Some people will say that means I set myself up for copyright infringement or someone "messing with my text". Well for me I don't mind giving some of the control over. I could be sitting on a script and waiting for the right director to come along or I could be getting more productions out there and more chances to see my work. And when presented with those options I pick the latter all the time. And as far as getting an agent, publisher, or producer is concerned I feel that until someone comes along to take that job I'm the acting producer/publisher/and producer of my work. And I think that more playwrights should do the same. If at the end of the day what you want is someone to produce your work there are a lot of ways that the internet can help you get your work out there easier than the old ways of doing it. I still use some of the old ways myself but their end products aren't my motivation to keep writing. I keep writing because I know there's someone who's as hungry to produce the kind of plays I write as I am to get them onto the stage. Stick with what motivates you and I'll still be there to cheer you on.