By Isaac Butler
Earlier today, I wrote a blog post in which I talked about a Village Voice hosted roundtable with playwrights David Henry Hwang, Amy Herzog and Thomas Bradshaw with writer Alexis Soloski. In this post, I responded to a quote from Bradshaw about one of his early productions and essentially accused him of taking credit from a collaborator who directed and produced the show.
It turns out that my post was factually in error. He was talking about an earlier production of the play in question (Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist) that played for one night a year before that I had not been aware of. Furthermore, he has communicated that his intent was not to deny anyone credit for his success, but rather to simply answer a factual question about how his early productions were produced.
We went back and forth about the best way to handle this correction. Normal blogging practice is to post an update, cross out the content of the post and leave it there. However, in discussing the issue with Thomas, it became clear that this was not the appropriate solution. I am retracting and deleting the post.
At the same time, I did not want to cover up my error. I believe accountability matters. I made a mistake and I want to own up to it and apologize to Bradshaw for alleging that he was doing something he clearly did not intend to do.
I maintain that it is very important that as a field we have the larger conversation about the indivdiual artist myth, and how important our collaborators, champions (and yes, funders) are. But from e-mailing with Bradshaw, it's clear that he agrees that that acknowledgement is important and my harping on a quote answering a question specifically about how someone's early work was produced is not the best way to go about doing it.