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 Posted: Thu Jul 27th, 2006 01:03 pm
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Surfing over the various categories in the newly designed forum, it occurred to me that perhaps - just a suggestion now - that an "Etc. Etc." string would be a good idea. This would be a category that covers playwriting-related topics but lean more to the lighter side of the industry.

For example: I would like to know what playwrights do while they're waiting to hear whether their plays will be accepted or rejected, other than write new plays. At what point is it acceptable to query? Perhaps it could also be the place to discuss personal angsts...share amusing theatre-related annecdotes...

Just a suggestion...

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 Posted: Thu Jul 27th, 2006 01:18 pm
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Tragedian,

After giving it some thought I've come to realize that the section "The Stage" actually is exactly what you are looking for.  The name may be misleading, but the description of it says to be and say whatever you want about anything.  If we didn't have that section we would certainly be needing one.  I hope this is satisfactory.  If not, nothing is written in stone around here.  Paul, Paddy and I want nothing more than to help make every member comfortable, happy and proud to be a part of The Playwrights' Forum.  Suggestions never fall on deaf ears.  Thank you.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 30th, 2006 01:13 pm
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My suggestion for the creation or re-naming of what you call "The Stage" string is that in my mind, "etc. etc." is like...more welcoming and perhaps could be seen as having a more relaxed structure than "The Stage." Or...perhaps create a string specifically for "etc. etc." What's another category between friends? :-)

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 Posted: Sun Jul 30th, 2006 02:46 pm
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You say that to your mind it ought to be something like "etc., etc., etc."  The Stage is a very popular thread and being used by many.  The man who owns this forum and bought, paid, designed and maintains it, was of a different mind.  One only needs to read what the section is for.  If you feel strongly that you cannot adjust to it, contact the owner and administrator, Paul Thain.   In truth, had I designed this forum I might have called it ETC, ETC, or THIS & THAT or any number of things including THE STAGE.  Personally, I'd like the names of many things changed.  Wars have been fought over words.  People have died over words. Many have and still suffer the pain caused by words.  Young gay boys and girls, men and women, have committed suicide over names at an alarming rate. I would like to change words like "queer" and "faggot" to "good" and "humane," but you know as well as I that they won't change a thing in the minds of many.  C'mon.  Go with the flow.  It’s not really going to change anything.  Host a Green Room seminar.  Use The Stage to take a poll to see how many agree with you.  If a majority does, then we’ll see what happens.  Start a contest of your own.  Enter my contest and win really neat prizes of Theatre books that I will mail to you.  Perhaps you could challenge other members to playwrighing exercises.  Critique some of the work of others.  Allow others to critique some of your work.  Share ideas with others.  Get involved and have some fun.  What’s in a name?  A rose by any . . .

Edd

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