Requesting A Script


Free Perusal Copies:

Theatres, producing organizations, and their representatives may request perusal copies of my plays free of charge. What's a "representative"? I don't only mean the artistic director or folks in the literary department. If you're an actor, director, or committee member who frequently works with a company and recommends scripts for production, this means you, too.

To request a perusal script, please
send e-mail including the following information, and perusal script(s) will be forwarded to the address you authorize - email or post. Email or text attachments will get to you fastest - however, please complete all requested information so I have a real world way to identify and contact you.

If you do need to reach me, I check my e-mail frequently (OK, obsessively...LOL).
I'm sure to get a message within a day of its being sent.


Title:
Theatre/Organization:
Address:
City, State, Zip:
Country:
E-mail address:
Phone (optional but useful):
Title(s) requested:
E-mail copy? or print copy?


Note: Receipt of script(s) does NOT automatically convey rights to perform, produce, or otherwise present any of the works under copyright. To inquire about possible production or performance, contact the author.

Royalty Rates: Production royalties are generally on a per-performance basis, and vary based on ticket price, size of theatre, and professional/amateur status. Royalties for most shows are negotiable with the author.
Request a quote.


*Special considerations for students*

I like students. You're the theatre artists and audiences of the future.
So: a student may request a copy of one monologue or short play and I'll send it via email free, under the special conditions below:

1. Send me an email with some basic identifying info: name, grade, school, location.

2. You indicate whether your request is for:
- forensic competitions: these require application to the author and payment of a special competition royalty rate. - auditions or in-class exercises: these uses do not require separate application for a performance license.
- student productions or workshops: Theese must be negotiated like any other production. They require application to the author with details and payment of a modest production royalty.

3. ONE free copy per student only. If you need more than one, copies are available for purchase by contacting me. You can still get them via e-text if you want a fast turnaround.

4. Use your judgment. A number of my plays have "adult" language or content -- rarely anything you're not used to hearing in popular films, but many schools and judges are conservative. Check out the play summaries and samples first.

5. Send me feedback. If you win a competition with one of my pieces, or secured a plum role, tell me about it. If you gave an audition, and the auditors sat there with jaws agape like something out of "The Producers", I'd like to know that too.

6. Free student copies can only be sent based on my availability. I'm exceedingly busy, and they're a labor of love. So don't wait 'til the night before something is due and pray for a miracle. A thoughtful inquiry that indicates why you think a specific piece might be suitable to you is more likely to get answered. A frantic last-minute request for "anything!!!!" is not.

7. Remember: Receipt of script(s) does NOT automatically convey rights to perform, produce, or otherwise present any of the works under copyright. We playwrights depend on productions of our work for our livelihood: i.e, our groceries. To inquire about possible production or performance, see below. Contact the author for information on script purchase.

Royalty Rates:
Student production royalties are generally on a per-performance basis, and vary based on ticket price and size of venue. Royalties for most student shows are negotiable with the author.

Special student competition rates:
Competitions & forensics: Short works may be used, with permission, in student competitions for a one-time payment of $10 (US) per student, which will cover its use within the competition year.


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