I have a question for those of you out there who tack in the Richard Nelson direction and get upset at theaters (particularly larger theaters) that ask for rewrties before they commit to producing scripts.
How do you feel about how the world of book publishing works? In that world, writers are assigned editors with the understanding that the initial draft as submitted isn't going to be what's finally published. Some editors have very collaborative relationships with writers, some insist on changes writers don't want etc. But it is de rigeur in the publishing world.
It just hit me the other day this thing that we frequently get outraged about is totally standard in this other industry and that lead me to wonder... is the problem ideological or practical? Is the problem that many people suck at giving notes to playwrights or is the issue the way the process is designed or that it happens at all?
And, as per usual, since i'm so full of questions and have no really great answers... I'll turn it over to you guys in the comments.
UPDATE: Check out the comments when you get a chance. Also, read 99Seats' take on this over at his or her place. Just to make one thing ca-ryst-al clear: The questions above are not a thin veil for my own opinion about it. I just wanted to ask some provocative questions based on conversations I've had with non-theatre writers lately.