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 Posted: Thu Dec 18th, 2008 02:10 am
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spiny norman
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in november 2007, two different theatres asked for copies of scripts after reading pages/synopsis.  great!

however, now it's over a year later & i haven't heard a thing from either.  okay, so they're not interested, fine.

but would it kill them to inform me of that?  i included a sase for the script's return from one theatre - the other let me know when i sent the script that materials wouldn't be returned (is this code for "we can't be bothered to contact you if we're not interested?)

so i emailed each company, putting "attention:" & the name of the person who'd requested the script in the subject line.  in the short note, i simply asked for an update/feedback on the script.

nothing.

spam filters, yeah yeah yeah.  probably very busy (not a good excuse in my book - everyone is busy)  but the address i used both times was the theatre's "for more info about us" address so i'm assuming someone goes through those messages for people who want info about buying tickets, etc.

so i finally wrote a short letter, again asking for feedback. thoughts, etc. & sent it through the us post.  i'm still waiting to hear back.

is it too much to expect some sort of reply after a year?  again, these are theatres that only accept complete scripts after requesting them so it's not like my play ended up in some overwhelmingly huge slush pile.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 18th, 2008 02:33 am
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Yes, it is too much.

Face it, some theatres are run by shits. Even with an agent, they never get back to you.

It is part of the theatre. Or any business. Talk to an insurance salesman or realtor or car salesman or anyone hawking a product, about the lack of return calls. It is just the nature of human beings.

Welcome to "the business of show business" part of the profession.

Other theatres are highly professional.

That is all I can say. Write the shits off. Write them off like an old lover. Keep in touch with the good ones. But keep in touch with the PERSON not the theatre.

Keep in mind, the person who requested your script may not even be there anymore. They move around like criminals on the lam. It is just part of the profession. And with the current economy and drying up of funding, many will be out of a job. Karma?

Also, at smaller theatres, the Lit Manager is wearing twelve hats and is Lit Manger in name only. They have a tough job.

Google is a good way to follow them if they landed another job somewhere. Then you can try to follow up - I would suggest with a Postal letter not an e-mail.

The two best Literary Managers at a top theatres I ever encountered quit the business. They both treated me with great interest and respect when I had no agent and treated me with the same respect when I got an agent. This says a lot about a person. Just terrific people. I never met either of these women, just through letters and critiques. We need more of their kind.

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Hi Spiny and media res,
I couldn't agree more with both of you. Rejection is the norm for this business, we all understand that, (and believe me I've been rejected by the best!) BUT it costs nothing for a reply, especially with the internet etc.

I attempted to contact The Hayworth Theatre in LA after they had requested ON THIS FORUM for pieces of work. I had a very pleasant three week flirtation with the auto answer computer they have. I ended the relationship with the email below just to see if a bit of humour might jog some life into them but alas not!

Perhaps we should name and shame these 'shits' on this forum?

Who knows.

Keep smiling,

Paul T
"Hello again my lovely Hayworth computer.
I’ve enjoyed our brief affair. I send you e-mails…you auto-reply….no humans involved at all. But alas, I need human interaction, the cut and thrust of ….communication. It was fun whilst it lasted but ‘auto-reply’ no longer does it for me!
Don’t think badly of me. Seek out an IBM or Compaq and make a long lasting connection.
I shall think of you always.

Your,

Paul xx"

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Yes, there are now two Paul Ts on the forum, Paul (I’m addressing Mr. Thain, Time Lord and Master of our Cyber Stage). And both of you are in the UK. How bizarre! I was confused at first, but now I am found…no wait, that’s not right…

Anyway, I agree 100% with IMR on this one. I have had the same thing happen to me many times, and you just have to accept that crap like that comes with the territory. It’s not right but it’ll never be any different, so you just have to let it go or it’ll eat you up and waste your time.

My advice is whenever you send a script to a theatre, even if they have specifically asked for it after reading a sample, forget about it and move on. If you hear back, great. If not, c’est la vie. I guess a follow-up at some point doesn’t hurt, but make it polite, never petulant. Today’s bridge to nowhere can sometimes be tomorrow’s bridge to production, so don’t burn it down

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Too kind, as usual, but a thousand thanks for the garlands

And many more thanks for the clarification

It was the "I shall think of you always" bit that particularly disturbed me 

 

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Hi Harvey,

My apologies for the confusion. I shall stick to 'castlecat7' as I would always defer to a Time Lord.

Don't worry about his being disturbed by 'I shall think of you always.' The Time Lord is from north of the M4 so he's bound to be a little strange!

Castlecat7

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