"As we read through the play prior to holding auditions, I was struck by how little impact the sums of money mentioned in the play have today. For instance, the incredible $10 future price for tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art sounds better than a Groupon deal, now that the Met's current suggested price for adults is $25."We have talked about setting the play somewhere from 1976 to 1979, but that seems to go against the Author's Notes in the front of the script, which suggest updating the dates of the paintings to coordinate with the year Museum is actually produced."We can produce the play in the Present by updating the following dollar amounts (derived by finding a round number in the equivalency between 1976 and 1979 to 2017): $10 to $40, $25 to $100, $50 to $200, $100 to $400, $150 to $600, and $200,000 to $800,000 or $825,000. And we would add 38 to the years mentioned in the play: birth dates, exhibit dates, etc."If we can have your permission to make these changes, we will design the costumes to be contemporary. If not, we will use costumes from the late 1970s. We await your decision."I sent an attachment of the request, on school letterhead, to Samuel French to forward to Miss Howe. I heard nothing back. I sent it again. Nothing. I called and spoke to a representative. Nothing. I finally had to call and tell a representative that we were nearing the time to start rehearsals, but that I was considering another show since I had not heard from Miss Howe. Within a day I received a response quoting Miss Howe as "absolutely thrilled" that our theatre program wanted to update her play to the present day.The moral of this story is to be very specific in asking for reasonable deletions or changes, and be persistent in continuing to ask for those accommodations until you get an answer. I have found almost all of the playwrights I have contacted to be very generous in accommodating minimal, very specific requests for theatre in an educational setting, but getting the office personnel at the publishing companies to forward the requests can be truly frustrating.One more thing about Museum. This show is perfect for that large mixed-level class that includes some students who are more interested in design. There are 40 characters, plus VOs, and doubling, even tripling, is possible. (I am attaching a character map I used for casting. It is also helpful for class rehearsals when someone is absent.) The show is terrific for dramaturgical research projects by your theatre students. Creating the artwork for display is fabulous fun for students who are not in rehearsal on any given day, or for students whose passion is designing props. Costume design for this show is another project students can take on. And this show is a great chance for collaboration with your visual art program. For one production, our Art History teacher gave our class a wonderful presentation on the artists mentioned in the play. The last time I directed it, we had no visual arts students in the theatre class, but an advanced studio art student created the heads for the clothesline art and received credit for the project in her studio art class.