DCMetroTheaterArts.com • May 3, 2013 • BY AMANDA GUNTHER
Find better words. As writers it is something that we are constantly challenging ourselves to do; find another way to say something, finding a different phrase or an alternate way to get our message across. It often proves to be more than just a challenge, as a discouraged young playwright soon discovers as Olney Theatre Center presents Jeff Talbott’s The Submission. This riveting drama spins a fast-paced story that delves into the recesses of political correctness regarding race and sexuality in the world of writing a play. And while everyone has done a play about writing a play, this is a completely different and exciting new approach to the much larger thematic elements that are encompassed within the text.
In ‘The Submission,’ words are weapons for scheming playwright
THE WASHINGTON POST • May 9, 2013 • BY MAURA JUDKIS
There’s a racial epithet in Olney Theatre’s production of playwright Jeff Talbott’s “The Submission,” a word so ugly it’s best not spoken. So in rehearsals, the cast has come up with a way not to say it too often: They sub in the name of he-who-must-not-be-named in the Harry Potter series of books.
“We’ve taken to calling the word ‘Voldemort’ now,” says actress Kellee Knighten Hough. “You don’t want to get too comfortable with [the word].”
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