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 Posted: Wed Jun 6th, 2007 08:38 pm
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It's happened to me twice so far.

A "student" or a "teacher" sends you an email saying he/she read your play's synopsis / sample scene and would like to evaluate the play with a view to staging / workshopping / using the play as a lesson.

A link to a legit school is included in the email.

The clue to the scam?

The person sending the mail has a yahoo or gmail or some other free email addy.

I fell for it the first time, reasoning that a student might not have a school or college domain email.

My antenna went WAY up the second time when the supposed representative of a drama school in Utah contacted me through a yahoo addy. Just to check, I sent her the full script as requested. Not a peep from her after that.

I really don't sweat it if people want to steal my plays. I take that as a compliment.

Just thought I'd post a heads up.

If someone, ostensibly representing an organisation, sends you an email requesting your script, make sure the email comes from the domain of the school and not from a yahoo or other free email account.

Stealing plays from playwrights! What next? Lollipops from babies?

Deepak

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 Posted: Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 01:41 am
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This is why I keep "dummy-versions" of all my plays.

Oh it LOOKS like the real script. But when you try to perform it.


BAM

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 Posted: Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 09:08 am
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OK, that was hilarious.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2007 01:20 pm
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Hmmmm, I would hesitate to say that simply because it comes from a Yahoo or other free address that it's a scam.  Just because someone has a school email doesn't mean it's what they always use (if they can't easily access it from home, for example, or simply prefer to use their personal email).

A lot of people these days use Yahoo or Hotmail for their personal accounts, that to me doesn't necessarily raise any red flags.  If someone inquires and you never hear from them again, it could always be that they decided not to use the play.  After all, how many people buy a copy of a script from a publisher to read, then never contact the publisher again?  While some theft is probably taking place, I don't think it's the norm.  Just my 2 cents.

-T. James Belich-

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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2007 07:10 pm
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I'm going to take Lostsocks' route.

It's more work but so much more FUN!

And not hearing from a teacher ever again is hardly professional conduct on the teacher's part.

That does it. Anyone sending me mails with links to professional schools / theatres gets the un-doable version of Business Is War.

I can just see it. Characters that have never entered suddenly speaking on stage.  A dead character suddenly offering advice. Reverse the whole entry/exit setting. Suddenly, the bedroom is Stage L.  What's more, erasing "L" and changing it to "R" doesn't work because there was never a bedroom to begin with.

*grin*

Deepak

Last edited on Wed Jul 11th, 2007 07:13 pm by deepakmorris

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deepak,


You wrote:

"I can just see it. Characters that have never entered suddenly speaking on stage. A dead character suddenly offering advice. Reverse the whole entry/exit setting. Suddenly, the bedroom is Stage L. What's more, erasing "L" and changing it to "R" doesn't work because there was never a bedroom to begin with."


If you wrote the play you described, it would most likely be a hit!!!


in media res

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 Posted: Fri Jul 13th, 2007 09:54 pm
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in media res wrote:
deepak,


You wrote:

"I can just see it. Characters that have never entered suddenly speaking on stage. A dead character suddenly offering advice. Reverse the whole entry/exit setting. Suddenly, the bedroom is Stage L. What's more, erasing "L" and changing it to "R" doesn't work because there was never a bedroom to begin with."


If you wrote the play you described, it would most likely be a hit!!!


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I think I saw that play at uni

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