writers in the time of cholera
I have no idea what Aussie Theatre Companies will do for the remainder of 2020.
WRITERS - It’s time to think long term.
The best way to retain your relationship with Artistic Directors and companies in this current situation is to write to them and give them the option of postponing development of your play.
Artistic Directors - The best way for theatre companies to recover from the CV19 virus, once it has passed, is to postpone the rest of 2020 and carry over the productions to 2021.
Writers, that will mean the play you’re writing / developing that you were hoping to get to the stage for next year will have to wait.
Theatre companies - carry over your productions to the next year. This will mean audiences don’t miss out and artists don’t miss out.
Obviously some productions will require rescheduling as actors or directors may have other plans.
But my point is specifically for writers.
Don’t be greedy and clamor for your play to be put on in 2021.
Write to the literary managers, artistic directors and others you are working with.
Your play will find it’s time.
Allow the industry to reboot and recover, with 2020 seasons being carried over to 2021.
This is the best way you save your work, and your part in the industry.
H Lawrence Sumner.
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