Comments for Arts Integrity Initiative http://www.artsintegrity.org in partnership with the New School Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:59:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by Howard Sherman: Are indie films a smarter investment than theatre on Broadway? http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-126 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:59:45 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-126 […] a national controversy over a small San Francisco theatre that radically edited one of his plays wit…, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stephen Adly Guirgis makes a very rare stage appearance beginning […]

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Comment on Contrary to What You’ve Heard, You Can Cast Albee Plays Diversely by Albert Williams http://www.artsintegrity.org/contrary-to-what-youve-heard-you-can-cast-albee-plays-diversely/#comment-127 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:41:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=946#comment-127 It should be noted that Pulse Theatre did not use the script edits referred to in this article. The edits, penned by Albee to accommodate actors of color, were optional, not required, and Pulse chose to stick with the original text.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by For Stephen Adly Guirgis, the Long Road Back to a First Love: Acting | C cLear http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-125 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:47:35 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-125 […] also originally directed by Hoffman, put Mr. Guirgis in the news this month when he reluctantly shut down a production at a small San Francisco theater that had cut his text, in violation of […]

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Comment on James Franco Won’t Like This and There’s Nothing He Can Do About It by Angela McMahon http://www.artsintegrity.org/james-franco-wont-like-this-and-theres-nothing-he-can-do-about-it/#comment-124 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 21:14:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=931#comment-124 I think you miss read the article you are citing…The Gift Theater and Under The Gun are different spaces. Gift had nothing to do with that show.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by Greebo http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-123 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:16:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-123 Ugh… If you want complete control over your content, write your own damn script.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by Tom http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-122 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 02:01:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-122 I think Mr. Shelton has advanced as far as he ever will in the business. And maybe not too much longer in his present position either.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by ELBSeattle http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-121 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 22:36:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-121 Published works are not ‘serving suggestions’ to be subjected to the will of the producer/director. Respect the work of the artist, as published and presented. Inform yourself of copyright laws. Rules and laws like these exist so we can all play together in the sandbox.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by The Wifely Person http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-120 Sun, 06 Aug 2017 17:41:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-120 As a playwright, I completely understand, empathize, and support Mr. Guirgis’s efforts to resolve this in a professional and equitable manner. He did. He also showed himself to be the adult in the room and right now, that’s possibly the most important take-away from this parable.

I was glad that the exchange was published with updates and annotation. Any time a play is performed, there are bound to be “improvements” by actors, directors, etc. That said, this was egregious. That Mr. Guirgis provided a path to performance was the right…and kind….thing to do. That those efforts were poorly executed by Shelton Theater was sad. But the process happened; we got to see it. That, for me, was HUGE, and I am grateful.

In the end, the decision to cease-and-desist was Mr. Guirgis’s to make, and he made it.. but _not_ with anger and malice. “No enemies. No bad guys. Shit happens. We are all theater people here. Many freaks — but one tribe.”

From strength to strength, Mr. Guirgis. I was already a fan of your work….and now, I’m a fan of the person behind the words. Thank you.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by James Watrous http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-119 Sat, 05 Aug 2017 21:23:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-119 I saw this production about a month ago. I have not seen a production of this play before but I’ve read the script, which is a very powerful and moving script, I might add. (I also read Fr. James Martin’s book A JESUIT OFF BROADWAY. Fr. Martin was the theological consultant on the original production at the LABryth Theater Company in New York when the play was first produced. It was directed by the late Philip Seymore Hoffman. Fr. Martin’s book is quite interesting too, I might add.) I know the play fairly well. So, I was rather disappointed with this production because of all of the cuts. They also changed a key monologue from the end of the play to the middle of the play, which made no sense. They also changed the ending slightly, which I didn’t appreciate. That being said I thought the acting in it was really good. I doubt I would have seen this production if I had known about all this before hand. That’s $40 I won’t get back.

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Comment on “Judas Iscariot” Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment by RobThr http://www.artsintegrity.org/judas-iscariot-doesnt-deserve-this-treatment/#comment-118 Sat, 05 Aug 2017 11:55:00 +0000 http://www.artsintegrity.org/?p=910#comment-118 I don’t give a shit what a play means to Mr. Ciccarone. I care about the long-sought-after right of playwrights to control their work, after centuries of disrespect and downright artistic rape which left authors no recompense and no recourse. If the Shelton geniuses want to write their own play, have at it. And I have to say that Mr. Guirgis did neither himself nor his peers much of a favor by backing away from the hardass stance he was entitled to. The license he allowed them, and the CT theater, was undeserved by their arrogant posturing, and the disrespectful outcome might’ve been predicted. How does the old expression go, “Give them an inch….”?

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