The acclaimed playwright Broadway gets ridiculous advice from the university movement for improving his writing
The Broadway hit Slave Play was nominated for several awards after it debuted last year and earned praise from theater critics at The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter.
But one of his former student smugglers of playwright Jeremy O. Harris was not so impressed with the acclaimed work and took the time to contact him on Instagram to tell him – and give some unsolicited advice on how Harris could make it better.
Harris went to on Tuesday twitter to share the bewilderingly reckless DMs he received from the man he had dated years ago, leaving other Twitter users shocked, upset and utterly bewildered.
Big hit! The Broadway hit Slave Play was nominated for several awards after it debuted last year and earned praise from theater critics
Yikes! Playwright Jeremy O. Harris’ former college student was not impressed by the critically acclaimed work and took the time to contact him on Instagram to tell him about it
Cringe: The old flame said he was “disappointed” and offered advice that Harris could follow to improve his Broadway game
Self-awareness: he told him that the piece, which was sold out on Broadway, would be difficult to produce
Slave Play quickly became one of the most popular pieces in the New York theater scene after it made its off-Broadway debut in the New York Theater Workshop on November 19, 2018.
It premiered on Broadway on October 6, 2019, sold out and earned a nomination for Best Play in the Lucille Lortel Awards.
The game has turned out to be controversial because of the way it deals with race and sex, but it has earned many rave reviews.
The New York Times calling it “one of the best and most provocative new works to appear on Broadway in years,” Time-out described it as ‘brash, smart and cheerfully confronting’ and The Hollywood Reporter calling it a ‘must-see hit’ and a ‘wildly funny original work that deserves to be seen on its own merits’.
But Broadway’s most important theater critics were not the only ones who weighed: one of Harris’s former appointments also had an opinion and was not too shy to share it.
“Someone I studied with at school decided to send this to me tonight. I love the internet, “Harris said
“Someone I studied with at school decided to send this to me tonight. I love the internet, “Harris said.
It is unclear whether this was someone who had dated Harris when he studied at Yale University at DePaul University in 2009 or later, where he graduated in 2019, but he said he met him at OK Cupid.
The exchange, which was more than DM on Instagram, started with the out-of-the-blue message from the old fling.
“Read the first third of your piece,” he wrote. “I can’t understand anything about this. Ellipses everywhere. I am a little disappointed.
“Draw your characters with power and contrast,” he continued, confidently giving advice on a play that already had a sold-out Broadway run.
“Most of them feel like the same person: you,” he said. “I am really happy that you have found success with this piece, but it does not do me so well.
So embarrassing! Social media users were shocked by the messages and called the ex ‘ridiculous’, ‘remarkably sad’, ‘rude’, ‘jealous’ and ‘beaten up’
Clearly bewildered, Harris wrote back: “Cool. LOL.’
The ex, however, did not take the hint and continued with a few paragraph-long messages.
“I’m really happy for you. I saw you on Chris Hayes and that surprised me, “he said.
‘I think you should study primarily in the construction of scenes. Your game is fair, hard to read. Or even produce, “he said.
“The characters in the list are first introduced by race and color?” he asked and seemed to miss the point that the whole play is about the dynamics of interracial couples.
“That’s very unusual,” he went on. “I’m not saying it’s not possible, but after you’ve done that, you really have to pick up the contrasts on the page.
‘Sharpen your contrasts in your next work. Sit tight with your dialogue. I know you have it, but sharpen your contrasts such as Key and Peele.
Big deal: the game has turned out to be controversial because of the ways it deals with race and sex, but it has earned many rave reviews
Impressive: the New York Times called it “one of the best and most provocative new works to appear on Broadway in years”
“Hard to believe that anyone could really have had so little shame to think sending you was okay,” tweeted Rent star Anthony Rapp
Guy … Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler has experienced something similar, with men she doesn’t know offers criticism
“You will be amazed by your own work,” he concluded.
But it seems that the Twitter users were amazed at the man’s temper, which led to the messages being welcome or appropriate.
‘Oh my God. What would force someone to criticize his work irresponsibly, unwanted and unsolicited? I don’t understand why anyone would do this, “wrote a commentator.
Check yourself … Twitter users were amazed at the temporality of the man, who led him to think that the messages were welcome or appropriate
“This is unreal,” another wrote.
“Lol and how many times has he played on Broadway,” a third joked.
“SHEEEEEESH !!! That is what I am reduced to. Just a sound. Hard to believe that someone could really have that little shame to think sending you was okay anyway, “Rent-star Anthony Rapp tweets.
“Read the first third of your piece” is my favorite candidate for an absolutely worst way to start an unsolicited interview, “tweeted another surprised commentator.
“Does this person say that Slave Play would be difficult to produce? The piece that is …………… produced? another one asked.
Many found the Key and Peele reference particularly funny, while others called the ex “ridiculous,” “remarkably sad,” “coarse,” “jealous,” and “loosened.”
‘This is PAINFUL to read. I cannot fathom the lack of self-awareness needed to type these messages and send them to someone … “someone else replied.