Dead Authors' Estates Preventing Even The Slightest Revisions To Works
from the creativity-not-allowed dept
Justin Levine points us to the news that a revival of Ira Levin’s famous play Deathtrap has been canceled because Levin’s estate doesn’t approve of very slight modifications in the play — including one character disrobing and showing his naked rear for about 30 seconds, as well as this version of the play making it clear that a relationship between two males was a gay relationship (something not explicitly stated in the original, though many other interpretations have assumed the same thing). Either way, after the estate demanded changes to the staging, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center who was putting it on decided to cancel the show altogether, rather than having the estate give them creative notes.
Now, this may be entirely legal, but does that make it reasonable? One of the great things about plays is seeing how different companies interpret them — sometimes in very different and creative ways. It seems overly controlling and silly to seek to block certain showings because they don’t conform to the way the estate wants the play performed.