Believe it or not!
...Eight years after a sequel to the little-known movie Prancer was first suggested
by Hollywood (the self-serving reindeer-turned-actor in the play THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues),
USA Networks actually aired a direct-to-cable sequel to the original movie
called Prancer Returns,
creating a minor incontinuity in the play.
Any time a play makes topical references
(i.e., to Arnold Schwarzenegger, CNN, black South Africa, etc.)
it is inevitable that the meaning of some of those references
may change over time as events unfold in the real world.
(I'm sure the meaning of "flying head-first into the side of the World Trade Center"
is quite different today than it was back in 1993.)
Since the playwright is not equipped
to publish a new version of the text
every Christmas to keep up with current events,
the burden ultimately falls to the director
to decide whether
their production will be adversely effected by
the latest developments and, if so,
how best to deal with them.
Regarding Prancer Returns,
my best suggestion is to simply ignore it.
In my experience,
late night theatre-goers
rarely recall even
the original Prancer until it is mentioned in the play,
so the chances that more than a handful of them
are aware of the sequel as well
are pretty slim.
Still, if there is a serious concern that your audience will
be familiar with the Prancer sequel -
(for example, if
Prancer Returns is airing in your area
at the time of your run
and your target audience includes a lot of adults with small children) -
a simple fix would be to change Hollywood's line to:
"I'm looking at treatments for another sequel."
Of course, this fix solves the problem for fans of Prancer Returns
at the risk of creating further confusion
for those who are unfamiliar with either movie.
("Another sequel? To what? When was the first sequel?")
Again, if it were up to me,
I would simply not worry about the real-life sequel to Prancer.
Audience members who spots the "error" will most likely surmise -
correctly - that the play was written prior to the release of Prancer Returns,
and probably be very pleased with themselves for knowing this bit of trivia.