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Published: Friday, April 18 2014 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Fitz
Murray, UT

Pioneer Memorial Theater says they like to 'shake it up.' The problem I have is that they shake up the script and put in vulgarity which changes the work of the play write. I am familiar with many of the plays, but when the Pioneer Memorial Theater decided, for some inexplicable reason, to substitute vulgarity for the actual text, then they lost me as a patron. There is no way to know if the script has been modified with vulgarity or not.

pioneertheatre
Salt Lake City, UT

PTC does not change scripts. Contractually with the playwright, we are not allowed to.

If you hear a vulgarity in a play we have produced that you did not hear in another theatre's production, the change occurred at the other theatre (either with or without the playwright's permission; you will need to check with that theatre to find out).

There is also a possibility that the playwright has offered an altered version for some markets (many popular musicals for example have "high school editions" that can be licensed) but in nearly all cases, we license the original version the playwright intended.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@ Fitz: Did you ever read any of the plays to see what the original dialogue is? Let me tell you what - there are some plays my mom loved to see, that made her blush when she read the script - and which, when I was much younger, she forbade me from reading.

When she listened to the Phantom of the Opera music out of context, she thought it was satanic - although she had seen the musical more than once and loved it.

The real world has vulgarity in it which has been acknowledge by playwrights from the writing of the very first play.

Maudine
SLC, UT

"Zounds" and "sblood" were used by Shakespeare and were considered quite profane in his day as the reference Christ's wounds and blood.

There are several other instances of profanity in Shakespeare's works - the fact that the words have become so common that their meaning has lessened makes them no profane when used in context.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

The real world has vulgarity in it, but not, I believe, at the rate of use that I hear in hollywood, plays, music, etc. Except in the gym's locker rooms. There the rate is sometimes similar. Beyond that, in the efforts to be "real" they over do it and actually usually fail to be "real".

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