"Whose Production is it Anyway?" : Violating Copyright in Theatre

"Whose Production is it Anyway?" : Violating Copyright in Theatre

During my 30 years in New York City I had the opportunity to see the original Broadway productions of many plays and musicals.  I have also had the unsettling experience of seeing many of those productions replicated elsewhere, without any credit given to the original director, choreographer or designers whose work has been copied. This creative plagiarism seems to have grown exponentially with increasingly easy access to bootleg videos of Broadway shows and the proliferation of YouTube.

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Working With Kids and Those Who Don't

Working With Kids and Those Who Don't

“Never work with animals or children.”  While W.C. Field’s quip has become a comic cliché, there are plenty of directors who live by those words of presumed wisdom.  I pontificated on the first subject in my column, “Sandy, Toto and Chowsie Walk into a Bar…”, so here I’ll address the second subject.  “I just don’t like kids, period.” is a common mantra among certain directors.  Some elaborate: “It’s too hard.  They don’t have the experience, they’re slow, they throw off the rehearsal schedule, they don’t have any technique or discipline, they’re unpredictable and their parents are a pain in the ass.”  

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