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I put together this tip sheet a while back, and I thought you all would find it useful. It's based on ideas I got from interviewing artistic directors and literary managers around the U.S. -- although I don't see why these ideas wouldn't be useful in Canada or the U.K., too. :-)

Seven Ways to get More Productions
  1. Share Dirty Secrets
    Write the stories you know need to be told, the truths you know the world needs to hear. Don't worry about what theaters "want," find the theaters who want you.

  2. Make Love to the Theater
    Woo the theater. In your cover letter, tell them how your play fits brilliantly with their mission, and how their audiences will love it. Make sure this is true by following tips #3 and #5.

  3. Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends
    Pick your friends' brains about who will love your play, give your friends ideas on who will love theirs.

  4. Act like a Slut
    Be generous with your plays. Let people read them, so they can recommend them to theaters they know.

  5. Pull out your Magnifying Glass, be a Detective
    Investigate a theater before you send them your play. Get clues about what they're looking for: look at their Web site, go see their productions, read reviews of their work (use Google as a snooping tool).

  6. Don't use Courier - it's Ugly and Sucky
    Standard format be damned. Use a font that's actually easy to read. Palatino, Garamond, Baskerville, Minion, Times New Roman. Then tweak standard format so your script is still one minute per page.

  7. Chocolate (or Guacamole) Helps Playwriting
    Take the money you save in printing costs and postage (because you send your plays only to the theaters who will love them), and treat yourself to something you love. You deserve it!

If you have any questions about any of these, let me know and I will explain them more fully.

And if you want a PDF version of this, it's on my Web site at http://www.playwrightsmuse.com/tipsheets/SevenWaysToGetMoreProductions.pdf.

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