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Published in U.S. 1 Newspaper on March 29, 2000. All rights reserved.
Between the Lines
Editors are not supposed to be partisan in their choice
of stories and the play they get, but we have to admit that we were
pulling this week for Simon Saltzman and Barbara Fox to get the cover
treatment for their stories on actress Jane Alexander and Emily Mann’s
mid-season adjustment in bringing "The Cherry Orchard" to
the McCarter play schedule.
How come? For one thing, we were getting a little tired of dot.com
stories staring at us every time we walked past the parade of U.S.
1 news boxes around town. For another, we could identify with Emily
Mann’s challenge of having to revamp a previously announced schedule
because of the need for a little rewriting. See Saltzman’s article
on page 32 for a delicately phrased statement from McCarter Theater
regarding the decision to postpone the original selection for this
spot in its drama season, "The Stonemason" by Cormac McCarthy:
"McCarter’s decision to postpone was mutually agreed upon by Emily
Mann and Cormac McCarthy, who felt the play could benefit from further
development. Given McCarthy’s rigorous writing schedule, they did
not feel he could complete the necessary work in time for this season."
Having been on both ends of some "mutually agreed upon" decisions,
we couldn’t help but wonder how Mann adjusted. That part of the story
fell to Barbara Fox (see page 33), who discovered among other things
that Mann was able to draw on the wisdom of a Princeton University
professor of Russian literature, Ellen Chances, in drafting her adaptation
of the play from Chekhov’s original. (That was another breath of fresh
air — to be reminded that our community’s wealth of resources
includes talented people in the humanities, not only scientists and
Mann told Fox that she has actually written adaptations against even
greater time pressures. Still, we can only imagine that the process
must have gone to the last minute — an inexorable reality of any
artistic production process, whether it is mounting a play, hosting
a dinner party, or sending a newspaper off to the printer. Here at
U.S. 1 in recent months we have had our own adventures: Late last
year we looked at our publication schedule and realized that the April
15 delivery date for our annual U.S. 1 Directory would mean faxing
out information requests beginning in January. Psychologically it
seemed too soon for us, and — we thought — might have been
an intrusion for the companies getting the requests. We moved the
entire directory process back by one week — and received a record
level of participation from U.S. 1 companies.
That change forced us to change the date for our biannual commercial
real estate edition, which in turn changed the date of our children’s
resources issue. Along the way, of course, some articles came in as
planned, others did not, and still others that we had not anticipated
showed up at our door, delivered by prescient freelancers smart enough
not to pay attention to our pre-printed editorial calendar but instead
to go after good stories when they see them.
So for now it’s "The Cherry Orchard." Next week it’s residential
real estate — unless, of course, we come to one of those "mutually
agreed upon" decisions.
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