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Choosing a Play & Securing a License. Wainstein , Chapter TWO. Personal Considerations. Personal Taste Available Talent Budget Audience and Suitability (Community Standards) Stage Configuration Rehearsal time. Making it legal. Public domain plays do not require a license

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personal considerations
Personal Considerations
  • Personal Taste
  • Available Talent
  • Budget
  • Audience and Suitability (Community Standards)
  • Stage Configuration
  • Rehearsal time
making it legal
Making it legal
  • Public domain plays do not require a license
  • You must obtain a license and pay a fee for public performances
find the publisher secure the rights
Find the publisher & secure the rights

Stage Agent website

  • Scroll down to Stage Agent Resources
  • Type the name of the play
  • Select the play from the drop down list
  • Go to the play’s page
  • See the name next to Licensing
  • Follow the link or search the name on Google to open the Publisher’s site
  • Find the play on the publishers site and proceed from there

FIND A PLAY website

apply for a license
Apply for a license

Most applications require the following

  • Details and contact information for producing organization
  • Primary contact name and phone
  • Theatre name and address (where it will be produced)
  • Website address of producing company
  • Performance dates
  • Number of total performances
  • Number of seats in the theatre
  • Ticket prices
  • Previous productions produced by producing organization
  • Designation as professional or amateur production
keep in mind
Keep in mind

Apply in Advance

Stipulate a range of prices

Make sure the right person signs the contract

Read and understand the contract

Pay attention to cancellation clauses

Don’t accept the first fee schedule if you think it is unfair

Don’t claim your production is professional unless it is

Negotiate deposits

Some publishers require weekly statements and payments

Handle rented materials carefully

Shipping cost will be billed

Licenses can be denied

theatrical publishing houses
Theatrical Publishing Houses
  • Dramatist’s Play Service
  • Dramatic Publishing Company
  • Playscripts, Inc.
  • Samuel French, Inc. (and Baker’s Plays)
  • Music Theatre International (MTI)
  • R& H Theatricals
  • The Really Useful Group
  • Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
smaller specialty houses
Smaller, specialty houses

Anchorage Press

Broadway Play Publishing

Contemporary Drama Service

I.E. Clark

Miracle or 2 Productions

Pioneer Drama Service

Plays for Young Audiences

Steele Spring

your assignment production book
  • Script analysis
  • Blocking/cues
  • Cast lists
  • Rehearsal schedule
  • Journal
  • Sources (bibliography)
  • Groundplan
  • Lights
  • Sound
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Performance rights