The Blue (Rumpus) Room
Lots of local hubbub over the sudden closing of The Blue Room at the BCA before it opened.
Larry Stark's Theatermirror has the coverage. See here. It is best to start with Naeemah White-Peppers' first letter to Larry, so you'll have to scroll down.
The basic rundown is that an actress auditions for and is cast in David Hare's The Blue Room. She leaves the production, directed by Chris Cavalier. She contacts Samuel French because the director has made some major changes to the script. Samuel French closes the show down.
Those are the facts as we know them, and seem to be the things that are undisputed on both sides.
So far, other parties have written letters defending the director, saying that the actress was unprofessional and had no problems with the script changes until she was left. Naeemah White-Peppers' original letter seems to portray the actress as protesting script changes from the beginning and heroically taking her departure on a stand of integrity.
More than likely, both sides are exaggerating. Though she may be lionizing this actress a little, as far as the facts of the case are concerned, Ms. White-Peppers is dead on: The actress didn't close the show, the director's actions in illegally changing the script eventually closed the show. No other way around it.
I have heard of these types of things happening before, and it always boggles my mind. (Perhaps because I am a playwright.) I mean, if you are going to make that many substantial changes to the script, ...hell, just make and write your own show from scratch. (Oddly enough David Hare's The Blue Room is, itself, "freely adapted" from Arthur Shnitzler's La Ronde.) It it doesn't take plagiarism either, although it is apparent that you can still have a theatrical career doing that. (Just ask Bryony Lavery.)
Actually, maybe Schnitzler's writing just lends itself to free adaptation. After all, his novella Traumnovelle was contorted, unrecognizably, into the Stanley Kubrick film, Eyes Wide Shut. Perhaps somebody should start an Arthur Shnitzler Free Adaptation Festival.
As for the letter writers defending the Mr. Cavalier; I feel for them, but even they admit that the script was altered without permission from Mr. Hare or Samuel French. Game. Set. Match. Let's all learn and move forward.
Adding to Ms. White-Peppers, I would only say that the REAL important question is why a new young company would want to do The Blue Room in the first place. Which should lead you all to the discussions going on at Scott Walters Theatre Ideas and Jack Clancy's site as well.