I am writing to object to the gross presumptions that Dan Sullivan made in reference to Taper, Too's production of "Aunt Dan & Lemon" (" 'Taper at 20'--A Big Finish," April 20).
First, Robert Egan, the director, was not trying to produce "a carbon copy of the New York production." Egan had not seen the New York production of the play. Rather, his production came from his own rigorous study of the play and consultation with the author, Wallace Shawn.
Which leads to the second presumption: that this production is not serving the intentions of its author, or has somehow perverted those intentions. From the time that Egan was set to direct this play (with Shawn's consent and enthusiasm), the director and author had lengthy discussions about the play.
In addition, Shawn came to Los Angeles twice to watch the work in progress and to further confer with us. At no time did Shawn express anything other than delight and pride over the work that was being done.