Hey Greg. I may have mentioned this before, but like Alan says, they are very particular. Large, flexible casts that speak to teenagers and not at them. Plays with a subtle message are good also, as are clever renditions of Shakespeare. Lindsay is hugely prolific (and very, very good) at writing for teens, so I'd read over her material to get an idea what they are looking for. That helped me choose which plays to send their way, and 2 of 3 were accepted. One has sat for almost a year without a production, but the other has done reall well. In 2005, "Apostrophe's" garnered just over 2 dozen productions. I think it's their strong presence at thespian festivals all over the US and Canada that really helps spread the word. I am very pleased with their representation thus far.
I just received word from Theatrefolk that, of the three plays I sent them, they are going to publish two. I think what they're most looking for is interesting characters and/or compelling angles. Nothing new, I suppose, but what they've rejected of mine--and they have rejected a few--has been a bit gimmicky and not heavy on character development. I have placed some of these plays with other publishers, though. I think Lindsay and Craig of Theatrefolk are pretty particular--they want very carefully crafted, interesting stuff that does not pander just because it's for an educational audience. I must admit I've not had many productions of my plays published with them, but I think they're aggressive and have a lot of integrity.
Hey everyone: I've sent several things to Theatrefolk, and ultimately, they've been rejected. Is anyone familiar with Theatrefolk, and if so, can you tell me what they look for when publishing scripts? I can't seem to get much information from them when I receive their feedback.
Thanks everyone...this board has been great. I hope I can be of help to some of you as well,