I finally got around to reading The Ecstacy of Influence. I'm aware that Isaac is a big believer is the inherent "corruption" of "intellectual property" law and that there is no such thing as plagarism.
I don't know. I know theft is rather common... but that doesn't mean we should suddenly legitimatize theft as a sort of badge of honor. It's a dangerous practice, a high-wire act, and that's how I like it.
Certainly, it would be far easier for directors if each script came with no restrictions as to how it should be performed, by whom, and whose name goes on it. But shouldn't some practices be difficult and fraught with challenges? Like taking ownership of someone else's work?
EDIT: I'll be an adult about this and correct myself: - Isaac doesn't say that there is "no such thing as plagarism." It's not something he stated and is careful not to imply that in his postings. Too quickly written, this post was.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.