The Playwrights Forum Home 
  STAGEPLAYS BOOKSHOP NEW CYBERPRESS PLAYS PLAYWRIGHTING BOOKS PUBLISH MY PLAY AFFILIATE PROGRAM  
The Playwrights Forum > General > Question & Answer > Changing or not changing names

* STAGEPLAYS WANTS TO PUBLISH YOUR PLAY *
click here for details

 Moderated by: Paddy, Edd
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
Changing or not changing names  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2008 02:07 am
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
MontyD
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Hello from a new member!

I'm currently writing a play, and the inciting incident is a real event -- a grisly murder that occurred earlier this year. My (fictional) characters are driven by and of course refer to the murder.

I don't know whether I should change the names of the victim and the accused.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

MontyD

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2008 02:24 am
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Edd
Moderator


Joined: Sat Jun 10th, 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado USA
Posts: 1646
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Change the names.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2008 03:08 am
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
EJT
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jan 21st, 2008
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 29
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
I would have to agree; change the names.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Dec 15th, 2008 03:39 am
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
in media res
Moderator
 

Joined: Sun Jul 2nd, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 1961
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Yes.

Change the names.

For your soul and theirs...and their family's.

With something so close in time, it is the respectful and decent thing to do.

If it were reporting, no. But giving you are writing a play, yes. And removing it from pure fact, gives you the freedom to write even deeper truth through art.

Most likely you will have to take some liberties to make it a theatrical drama, whereas in reporting you do not do that.

If this were in the removed past, I would say you do not have to change names.

best,

in media res

Last edited on Mon Dec 15th, 2008 03:40 am by in media res

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Thu Dec 18th, 2008 06:54 am
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
MontyD
Guest
 

Joined: 
Location:  
Posts: 
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Thanks for the replies. I agree, had changed the names but wanted to get some advice on the matter.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

Current time is 04:19 am  
The Playwrights Forum > General > Question & Answer > Changing or not changing names Top




UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2011 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.1390 seconds (12% database + 88% PHP). 28 queries executed.