Nice. This has mileage. But for it to work - and this goes for any piece of theatre that has a gimmick - I think the story has to be very very strong. Perhaps more gets revealed in the outakes etc so that the DVD structure is exploited to further the plot. But the more i think about this, the more it intrigues me ...
(And speaking of gimmicks, anyone come across Neil LaBute's Tits and Blood, where he literally breaks down the fourth wall and - I think - involves the audience? It's at Edinburgh this year, but understand that this is its European premiere. Wondered if anyone has come across it in the US?)
Also, need to make sure that it doesn't come across sub-Tarantino. Check out his original screenplay for Natural Born Killers and how he plays around with telling the narrative. Mind you, he forgot to have a good story to tell ...
Do-able, of course (what isn't?) but I think it'll take greater crafting than a straight up, "this is what it is" play.
On the other hand, would anyone really like to investigate the back story as part of the theatrical experience?
I mean, as playwrights, we show a "view" of the characters and the situation. We let the audience fill in quite a large bit of the show, actually. We rarely tell them why a character does what he does, usually we let them fill in the blanks from their own background.
Going too deep into the process might not be what the audience wants.
actually was thinking of having an actor come onstage and say, "i'm leon kaye. and they ruined my play." he goes on and on, the director comes out and informs the audience why certain changes were made and why. then we watch the play. then we watch the deleted scenes, and then have the playwright's reasons why the play needed these scenes. and the director and actors counter with their reasons why the play was changed.
i think everyone is a writer. everyone watches reality shows because they put themselves in the situation. a viewer will probably watch the show very critically, and make up his/her mind as to what needs to be changed. and the show should work because it will engage all who see it.