Scott Walters motto: "If you like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less."
Local Playwright Geralyn Horton seems to be channelling Scott when she responds to an uppity literary manager on a playwrighting listserve:
I do often reply to Theatre mailing list posts.Today I chimed in on a discussion about the formatting of play scripts. A literary manager said to us playwrights on the list:"Frankly, I find "cute", "alternative" or "funky" formatting layout techniques in stage plays amateurish, arrogant, and patronizing---not to mention showing that the playwright doesn't take the craft of playwriting seriously....." To which I replied:"If you can afford the postage, send your funky format plays to theatres in the UK which do not share the US prejudice in favor of "professional" format. Some of the more notorious of them may even be said to have a bias towards plays that lay out the words as if they were poetry-- and an even greater bias towards scripts where the words Are poetry. When you hand over a pound or two for a photocopy of a play script in the lobby of an originating theatre in London, it is more likely to look like the MS of The Waste Land than like a product of Final Draft. I have a friend who brings back scripts by the dozen every year. Some of them don't even indicate who is speaking!
Good for her!
I would even go one further than Ms. Horton and say that theatres have more than just trouble with layout. Many playwrights complain that theatre companies have little tolerance for radical concepts and ideas. Some attribute this to the "staged reading," disease. Basically, this disease results in the symptoms of few if any staged premieres, but maybe a few festivals of staged readings, from which the ones with the best feedback may go on to be developed.
The result of this trend in "readings theatre" is that highly conceptual and non-traditional work is immediatley discarded as too difficult to get across in a staged reading. And by that there will also be no production.
This of course brings us to the great mission of 13p, whose motto is "We don't develop plays! ...We do them."