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Ganging Up On The Playwright's Baby

September 14, 1986

Having had at least a dozen scripts ruined by committees of egomaniacal directors, producers, actors and other so-called writers, I will never be convinced that a committee can create great or even good work.

Shakespeare, Hammerstein, Tolstoy and Hemingway (at least, while alive) didn't allow committees to tamper with their writing.

In fact, I defy you to name a single really great play authored by a committee.

E. E. SMITH

Channel Islands

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