There is something comforting about a hefty program, something that smells vaguely of polish, sophistication, and authority. These are not always good things, however, and the last is especially problematic. Programs that are crammed full of mini essays and blocks of supposedly relevant information may lend the production a certain intellectual credibility (depending, of course, on their content), but this investment in the printed words and images can have negative consequences for the production as a theatrical event even if these words and images seem well researched, eloquent, and relevant to both play and production. Before sitting down to contribute to such a program, therefore, the dramaturg needs to come to terms with certain key questions about how this particular program will work, what its aims are, and how best to achieve them.
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