The Dramatists Apologize
The Dramatists Guild’s president John Weidman apologizes to Hedy Weiss in a Sun-Timesâ€™ Letter to the Editor. Well, not really. As we predicted, the public inquisition of the critic proceeds in the words of The Guildâ€™s executive director Ralph Sevush “without pause and without apology.”
So who is the â€œreliable sourceâ€ that presented El Presidente with the faulty intelligence that instigated this whole letter writing campaign?
Before writing the letter, I confirmed with what I believed to be an entirely reliable source that Weiss had been told by the producers of Stages 2006 that they did not want these presentations to be reviewed. This is not something I deduced. It is something I was told, directly and unequivocally. It now turns out that what I was told was untrue.
We can assume that the other 22 Guild Council playwrights who attacked Hedy Weiss also know/knew the identity of this Deep Throat. The need of these other 22 playwrights to cover their assess in the spectacle is one likely motivator of the Weidman non-apology.
A number of rank and flle members are supposedly upset by the lie at the core of this â€œPublic Policy of the Dramatists Guild of America,â€ but apparently not upset enough to say so publicly. The link to the Guildâ€™s discussion board on the controversy shows only support of the original Weiss attack.
Executive director Ralph Sevush says, “we are busy flagellating ourselvesâ€ just before he extends the public pseudo-apology by the Guild into a renewed attack on the unfortunate critic.
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