David Mamet’s move to punish theatres for debating his work is absurd

It’s true that plays often defy instant analysis but Mamet’s attempt to prevent post-show discussions perpetuates the notion of theatre as a sanctified temple

It would be easy to mock David Mamet for his decision to slap a $25,000 fine on theatres that stage post-play discussions of his work. It sounds arrogant, high-handed, even undemocratic. It also seems especially tough on America’s non-profit theatres which depend heavily on interaction with their local community. Yet it’s worth speculating on Mamet’s motives and asking ourselves whether he has a point.

Source: theguardian theatre blog
David Mamet’s move to punish theatres for debating his work is absurd

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