Just released from Next Theatre (in full):
NEXT THEATRE COMPANY APOLOGIZES TO ISRAELI PLAYWRIGHT, ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The Next Theatre Company announces the immediate departure of its Artistic Director Jason Southerland, and has apologized to Israeli playwright Boaz Gaon for the Theatre’s recent production of Return to Haifa that closed on March 7, 2010, which made unauthorized and unlicensed use of the title and both verbatim and paraphrased passages of dialogue from Mr. Gaon’s acclaimed play Return to Haifa. Mr. Gaon has accepted the Theatre’s apology.
Funny. Not once is the term “plagiarized” used.
For those who want the backstory, go here. This passage from the PerformInc article stuck out to me most, concerning the impact it makes on playwright Margaret Lewis (who, for the record, had nothing to do with the plagiarism):
“…in addition to the press release admitting to lifting passages, the settlement agreement also stipulates that Next must expunge any reference to ever producing Return to Haifa and that [Lewis] can never again have her play produced.”
How horrible for all involved, particularly for Lewis, who can no longer cite the show in her credits. Does this mean I have to remove my review, too?