Apr 11, 2008, 9:36 PM
Post #24 of 52
In terms of a plan, a place to start is getting the word out, talking to people in your theatre community and posting your displeasure online wherever you can, specifically playwriting groups. The theatre world is small. Word will spread quickly and reputations are very precious.
Re: [jal123] Playwriting & Screenwriting MFA
It would be great if one of the theatre bloggers posted about this (Mr. Excitement News, Parabasis, The Playgoer). Given the money involved, and the high artistic stakes, it's newsworthy to our community. (I keep asking myself am I blowing this out of proportion and I don't think I am.)
I think a letter to Ms. Vogel or to Dean James Bundy are necessary first options. Both are intelligent, conscientious people who would absolutely listen and empathize (again, reputations at stake). However, I think what they would tell us is that all the scripts were read and the Brown applicants filled out an application and applied like everyone else. They simply were the best applicants. Which may even be true, but as jal123 points out, there is no way to compete with those writers.
I was also stunned to receive the rejection letter so quickly. I highly doubt my submission was read and carefully considered.
Also, I'd be interested to know what Yale School of Drama's legal obligations are and what the conditions would be for a mass refund. Perhaps there is a formal appeal process. It might even take a lawsuit. Again, Yale has a massive endowment, but the playwrights and the Drama School don't see that money. Yale will fight tooth and nail, I promise, to hold onto the twenty-plus grand.
So e-mail the bloggers, let them know you're angry, and spread the word. And I think it's important to make this about getting a refund and not a personal attack on Yale or Ms. Vogel.