I was collaborating on a full-length play with a friend. We had a big falling out and we are not collaborating anymore. I took the play, gave it a new title, new character names, new setting, and went line for line writing new dialogue.
Here's my question---since the theme of the play is still the same, how do I still give her credit? I don't want to leave her out completely but all of her dialogue is out, so I do not want to give her writing credit. Should my title page read, "Concept by" or "Theme by".....and give both of us credit for this and only writing credit to myself?
I just don't know what to do.
Yes, what Paul said. You might be shooting yourself in the foot giving her a story credit, as then she'd have to agree to any productions. This same thing happened to me. A screenplay. There wasn't even a concept, but the other guy wrote a Welsh-style poem. I wrote the screenplay bin six weeks - sent it to him to add or take away - and after six MONTHS he sent it back saying - I love it, no need to change anything, but I took out all those dots (ellipses). Sigh. He didn't do anything else. So I talked to him about giving him a story credit. He wanted more.
So - there it sits, gathering dust. I've been advised to write my own poem, and carry on. But I haven't yet - and it's been many many years.
Paul and Paddy--Thank you so much for your quick response.
Paul--Our idea together was that it was about 4 women working in a bakery, each with their own problems. Think Steel Magnolias....
I changed it to a restaurant, cut a character that she created, and changed all the dialogue. Even if I thought she wrote a WORD, I cut that line.
Oh, and changed the title.
Still too risky?
Paddy--So sorry that happened to you. I should take it as a lesson learned for me as well.
"The shakiest ship that ever sailed the Seven Seas is a Partnership."
Here is your biggest problem:
"I was collaborating on a full-length play with a friend."
Without a contract?
Never do that again.
You can join the Dramatists Guild of America, and they can advise you. There are various levels of memberships.
Hope you learned something!!!!
One of my best friend's mothers, when I was in High School and early College, would yell at us every time we left her house for an evening out,
"DOOOONT BE STUUUUPID!!!" Best advice I ever received! About ANYTHING!