Publication details [#10979]

Willson, Leslie A. 1986. Fraud across the footlights. In Kummer, Karl, ed. Building bridges. Medford: Learned Information. pp. 341–346.
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Article in jnl/bk
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The stage is a marvelously magical place when the confluence of playwright and director and actor meet agreeably. When the drama is a translation, the translator necessarily should play a role in the preparation of the production for the stage. He does, after all, represent the author's interests and intents, if he has done his task of translation well. Poor translators and bad directors can be blamed for the destruction of a dramatic work or art onstage, perpretrating fraud over the footlights, wittingly or not. This paper discusses the personal experiences of one translator of plays for theater.
Source : Abstract in book