I want to produce a play. How do I obtain production rights?
It's easy! Just follow these simple steps:
||Locate the playwright's contact information in the copyright blurb at the end of the script.
||Email the playwright that you are interested in producing his/her play. Be sure to include the type of production (professional, non-professional, academic, etc...), the projected number of performances, the planned ticket price, and the size of the house (number of seats).
||The playwright will respond, usually within a day or two, with a royalty quote. If you wish to go ahead with the production, simply follow the playwright's payment instructions.
That's it! You're ready to get started with your production!
How long does it take to get permission?
Usually, the playwright will get back to you in a day or two.
Do I have to obtain permission for a public performance if I'm not charging admission?
Yes. You must obtain permission from the playwright for ALL public performances--even if you are not charging admission.
Do I have to obtain permission to use a monologue or scene in class?
No. You do not need to obtain permission to use a monologue or scene in class. However, if your class presents a showcase or any other type of public performance you must secure permission from the playwright, even if no admission is charged.
Do I have to obtain permission to use a monologue or scene for a closed audition?
No. Because a closed audition is not a public performance, such use is acceptable. However, permission must be secured and royalty fees paid for the use of monologues and scenes in all public performances, regardless of whether admission is charged, including student competitions.
Do I have to obtain permission to use a monologue or scene for an acting competition?
Yes. Acting competitions are considered public performances, you will have to obtain permission from the playwright.
How do I know whether our theatre is considered "professional" or "nonprofessional"?
The distinction between "professional" and "nonprofessional" productions is based primarily on the salaries being paid to your actors. If you are paying the majority of your actors $150 a week or more, your production is considered "professional." Showcase code productions in New York and the 99 Seat Plan productions in Los Angeles may include professional Equity actors, but because they are being paid next to nothing for their work, the production itself is considered "nonprofessional."
Am I allowed to print scripts from your website?
If you intend to produce it, you can print it.
How can I print a clean copy of the script?
Near the top of each script, you will find a "View script as PDF" link. Just click this link. It will take you to a clean copy of the script perfect for printing. You will need a program such as Adobe Reader to view and print the script in PDF format. If you don't already have one, you can download it free here.
Can I make changes to the script during production?
No, not without the author's permission. If you wish to make changes (i.e. cutting bad language), you must first clear this with the playwright.
Can I get permission to make a film adaptation of the play.
You will have to obtain permission from the playwright. Locate their contact information in the copyright blurb at the end of the script and email them with your request. Usually, they will get back to you within a day or two.
How do I contact the playwright?
The playwright's email address is listed in the copyright blurb at the end of each script. If you are unable to establish contact, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attempt to facilitate communication.