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 Posted: Thu Feb 16th, 2012 03:11 am
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QuixotesGhost
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The run of my first full-length just finished in a community theatre company in Colorado Springs. Many members of the audience really loved it with several strongly suggesting that I should shop the script around to other companies larger markets (including the critic!). I was thinking of enrolling in the Dramatist's Guild of America to help me with that process, since many members of this forum recommend it highly.

I know a few members of this forum are members and I had some questions that I couldn't find on their website, namely: What are the requirements for each of the levels of membership? And what are the benefits of each level?

Also maybe a more general question, I have a play that drew a really strong response (We sold out our closing weekend the Thursday before!) that went up in a teeny, tiny theatre with a glowing review from the local paper. What's my next step?

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 Posted: Fri Feb 17th, 2012 03:58 am
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For now the best route would be for you to join at the Associate level at $90 per year. If you have questions you can either e-mail them to the DG or give them a call and talk to a person during EST business hours. It is worth it to join.

https://www.dramatistsguild.com/join/index.aspx

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 Posted: Sat Feb 18th, 2012 12:22 am
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Congratulations! That's wonderful to get such a great response.

You should definitely join the Dramatists Guild. They have a great magazine, chapters around the country where you can meet other playwrights, and free standard contracts for various kinds of productions. Plus which, their legal department will go to bat for you if you ever have a conflict with a theater.

As for your next steps… today Colorado Springs, tomorrow the world!

Seriously, though.

Your next step depends on what you want to do. I assume you want to get more productions. So your next step is to find theaters who will absolutely love your play. Then you submit to them, with a cover letter that explains exactly why they will love your play, which basically boils down to why their audience will love your play.

First thing, figure out what your audience in Colorado Springs has in common with each other. Do they love the outdoors? Are they all in the tech industry? Are they passionate about political causes? Whatever it is.

Next thing, know that Google is your friend. Search for theaters in places where there are lots of people similar to your audience there. Then, look at the theaters' Web sites. Make sure they accept submissions. Then make sure they produce plays similar to yours, with similar cast requirements, similar staging needs, etc.

Then write your cover letter, and submit.

I've been working on this process. You can follow along on my blog, at http://playwrightsmuse.wordpress.com/.

I also have a summary of all this at http://www.playwrightsmuse.com/whatdotheywant/.

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