These people have stolen my play without my knowledge, performed 7 performances at $100. each and did not pay and now refuse to pay. This is felonious! They are a tex exempt theatre and more than likely receive grants. Do what you will about it . Just don't send your work there.
3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff” by Edward Crosby Wells
Posted on May 3, 2014 by Monterey
May 3, 2014 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Weekly on Friday and Saturday until May 24, 2014
2115 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Paper Wing Theatre Presents:
“3 Guys in Drag Selling Their Stuff” by Edward Crosby Wells
Directed by Jody Gilmore
• Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
• Friday, May 9th, 2014
• Saturday, May 10th, 2014
• Friday, May 16th, 2014
• Saturday, May 17th, 2014
• Friday, May 23rd, 2014
• Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Paper Wing Theatre FREMONT 2115 Fremont St. Monterey, CA 93940
OWNER: Koly McBride 831.905.5684
This issue has been resolved with Mr. WELLS' agent. Through a series of unfortunate events, all my fault, this situation got out of control. Paper Wing is not a non profit; we are a group of actors who just want to play and perform. This was a huge blunder on our part and i have taken full responsibility. i hope Mr. Wells' accepts our apology and please know we work hard at a local level to produce the work of new playwrights and compensate them. Thank you for you letter and concern.
Thank you, Paul, for helping in this situation. Yes, all seems to be well. I cannot tell you how painful it was for me to take this avenue to get paid. This is the last thing I wanted to do, but I was left with no choice. I am certain this was painful for Koly, as well---and, no doubt embarrassing. BTW, this was reported to the Guild. I will call the legal department off. Playwrights must protect one another. Most folks do not understand how hard and how long it takes to build a play, nor how very little we get for it. GUYS took years it get legs. This is not a job we do to get rich. We don't. This is the work we were born to do; nothing else satisfies. I do indeed accept Koly's apology. This has been nasty for both of us.
Having been on the front lines for many years of enforcing contracts for actors, I always tell actors, especially younger ones entering the business, "If you are a pushover, people will be waiting in line to push you over."
Fortunately, 99% of producers adhere to the contracts and safe working conditions.
I also tell actors, "20 years from now, no producer is going to give a shit if you break a leg on a set and develop arthritis. They'll either be retired or dead. So, take care and watch out for yourself and other actors."
You called it right, edd.
Theatres should think of this when it comes to Royalties and payments: Imagine if you had come home and $700 dollars was missing from your kitchen table? Or someone picked your pocket? What you you do? You would call the Police.
At least now, Paper Wing Theatre knows it is on “The Watch List” by 1,871 members of The Forum and any of the numerous non-member browsers who come to the site. And The Dramatist Guild is also aware of it.
And they have publicly apologized. (But would they have, if they had not been caught?!)
Glad you got it resolved. And thanks to Paul.
Maybe you have taught a lot of people - playwrights as well as producers - a good and informative lesson. Let's hope so.
Sorry you had to go through this.
Good for following through. You are a shining example to all of us.
Have a martini.
P.S. I've told this before and I'll say it again: Many years ago, Richard Garmise, former legal counsel to The DGA said to a gathering of members members "I’f you had a dozen children, you would not let one of them go out and play in traffic. Why do that with your plays? Watch over each of them as if they are your children.”