So, if you were thinking about coming to see my play, Death on the Nile, I would maybe suggest coming tonight, before we get shut down. Apparently there was some confusion on the public domain status of the book Death on the Nile and it might not be legal to be doing our little show right now. Great! Just what our poor little theater needs.
Rumor has it that Dame Agatha Christie’s estate e-mailed our director, telling him to shut down the show immediately. I don’t know what will happen and I don’t know what the ramifications are. I don’t know if we’ll have lawyers baracading our door or if we’ll just get our asses sued off. We only had 11 people in the audience last night. But we’re sold out for Saturday. Our rent in that space is pretty high and we often barely break even. If we don’t get to do that Saturday show, I know there won’t be enough money for rent.
They could probably sue us or shut us down. That would be so sad. I know this little theater doesn’t have that many years left. Our director says he’s getting too old and tired, and I really don’t see how the theater could survive without him. But to see it close down before he’s ready for it would be too hard. To see it ruined, the little place where I’ve poured my heart (and time) for the last 5 years, would just be awful.
So I hope something can be worked out. But for future reference: Don’t anger the estate of a Dame.