When Tamar Fortgang, who co-produced the recent Theatre of Note production and appeared in the role of Zillah, was told about the playwright's change of heart, she responded that both she and the play's director, Gleason Bauer, had been attracted to Bright Room by Zillah and her moral concerns.
Still, it was something of a shock when both the rights and permission to alter Zillah's speeches came through.
Bauer and Fortgang invited Steven Leigh Morris, a Los Angeles theatre critic and playwright, to give Zillah a local and more up-to-date identity.
Theatre of Note's thoughtful, exceptionally polished production of A Bright Room Called Day received high critical praise, yet once again the reception of the Zillah segments was mixed.
If Zillah does continue to exist, the idea of using other playwrights to create the emendations for local productions has the appeal of allowing exploration of issues pertinent to each audience.