But it was – as I received it, and others, whose judgments in such matters cried in the top of mine – an excellent play, well digested in the scenes, set down with as much modesty as cunning.

My friend got a rejection notice for his play that proclaimed it theatrical, powerful and compelling. The quality of the piece was obvious to this theatre. However, they chose not to produce it.

We laughed for a long time about this because generally the work that they DO produce is shallow, dull and lame. We imagined a rejection notice that was explicit about that.

“Your work was powerful, theatrical and compelling. We regret to inform you that that is not what we do here.

When you create a less interesting, less compelling piece of work, please let us know, as that will fit much more easily into our season.

Your work was excellent but that’s not what we do. Regards,
Theatre Company of Mediocre Works.”

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