I have a request for the readers of this blog. Please post a quick comment and give me your thoughts on this close-to-trivial question:
Resolved: Tim Bauer should change his professional playwriting name to Timothy Bauer.
Here are my thoughts:
1 – When I introduce myself in person as “Tim Bauer,” people often think I said either “Jim Bauer” or “Ken Bauer.”
2 – “Tim Bauer” sounds like a guy you’d have a beer with. “Timothy Bauer” may sound more like a playwright.
3 – I’ve always thought “Timothy Bauer” has a nice rhythm to it.
4 – Male playwrights are usually “Edward” or “David” or “Richard” or “Peter” or “Kenneth” or “Matthew” or “Christopher.” (Except for Sam Shepard and Tom Stoppard. I guess if your last name starts with “S” and ends with “D,” you’re exempt.)
1 – I have the tiniest bit of name recognition in S.F. as “Tim Bauer.”
2 – Places where I’ve submitted before may open new files for “Timothy Bauer” and not cross-reference the glowing coverage in their “Tim Bauer” file.
3 – I’d have to learn a new habit and start to introduce myself to people at festivals and readings as “Timothy.”
1 – People who know me would still call me Tim, which means they’d get to have the same thrill that friends of Robert DeNiro get from calling him Bobby and friends of Philip Seymour Hoffman get from calling him Phil. (Side note: Ask Mariella about her Phil Hoffman story.)
What say you, Peter or Prince or Marisela or Cheshire or one of the other 32 people who apparently read this blog, according to yesterday’s stat count (which surprises the hell out of me. Who are you people?)
Please chime in if you have an opinion. Or if you don’t. Thanks!