Hello Mr. Ludwig,
Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of your works. Lend me a Tenor is my favorite play and I recently directed Moon Over Buffalo at Manhattanville College for a theatre group I run. I hope to direct Leading Ladies in the fall.
My question to you is this- I feel like playwrights do not write contemporary farces anymore. Of course Lend me a Tenor is a staple along with Neil Simon's Rumors, but outside of your plays I cant seem to find any good recent traditional farces. Why do you think that is?
Thanks so much for your email and your kind words about my work.
Historically, types of plays - and art in general - go in and out of fashion. Bach was forgotten until Mendelssohn "rediscovered" him. The well-made-play has been out of fashion for 50 years - but now the National Theatre of Great Britain is doing a revival of a Terrence Rattigan play that everyone is raving about. Plot-driven comedies were very much in vogue for hundreds of years, but in the second half of the 20th Century, the new drama displaced them. I think that we'll find that these kinds of comedies will be back in full force within the next ten years.
I'm so pleased to hear that you might direct Leading Ladies in the fall. Please keep me posted.
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