"As a producer, I'll admit that I often read plays with a wary eye towards impossible ideas. By impossible, I mean ideas that are either simply unstageable with our budget or that contribute needlessly to downtown theater’s reputation for being pretentious and/or incomprehensible. Come to think of it, let’s say there are three categories of impossible:
- BORING AND IMPOSSIBLE: Car chases. Climactic gunfights. Enormous country-style breakfasts.
- INTRIGUING BUT IMPOSSIBLE: Thermonuclear explosions. Singing alien plants. Journeys to the Heaviside Layer.
- TOTALLY BANANAS AND IMPOSSIBLE: Characters vomiting mythological creatures. Giant thumbs that bleed abstraction. Talking Jewish lobsters.
Does my resistance to unconventional ideas such as these represent a failure of imagination? Or am I just doing my job? I want to explore this idea with our commission playwrights: Won’t you please tell us about a time when your "challenging" and "unconventional" experiment never made it to the stage because some director or producer shut you down? What happened next? And who was right?"