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Question & Answer > Interchangeable dialogue (7 replies - 11751 views)

Dan, what you're really saying here is that you have three characters who are dramatically unneccessary.  The way to fix this is not to develop ...   Tue Feb 11th, 2014 12:34 am

Take the Stage > Is It Cool to Have an Asian Escort? (2 replies - 6145 views)

They are indeed VERY odd.  For example, they never give a phone number or website address--so even if one were overwhelmed by a craving for ...   Sat Jul 21st, 2012 05:29 am

Question & Answer > Science Fiction Plays (11 replies - 22873 views)

And then there's my own play, SICK MINDS: an evening of appallingly bad taste, featuring Warped Desires and Milton Eckiendorf, Jr, Infant Detective. Very definitely ...   Sun May 1st, 2011 09:27 pm

2021 - Opportunities for Playwrights - 2021 > Dangerous Theatre (6 replies - 11884 views)

Hi, Steve! Great idea!  Thanks for doing this!! Best, Spence ...   Mon Oct 11th, 2010 05:40 am

Question & Answer > Converting Word to PDF - good cheap app? (17 replies - 23920 views)

Hi, Kato, Just checked.  I'm using Word 2008 for Mac (are you using an earlier version?) and Snow Leopard, and when I did a "Save As" ...   Mon Apr 12th, 2010 07:58 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > Second Skin Theatre - Looking for alternative playwrights! (5 replies - 9338 views)

Hi, Andy! Do please take a look at my website!  It's at  If any of my plays sounds like the sort of thing you'd enjoy, ...   Sun Nov 29th, 2009 05:27 am

Reviews and Critiques > Orson Welles on Audiences (2 replies - 5714 views)

What a wonderful clip!  Thanks for posting the link! Best, Spence ...   Wed Aug 5th, 2009 04:57 am

Question & Answer > A question about using (or abusing) real people (16 replies - 20059 views)

Hi, Vanessa! Do NOT use the real names.  You can use the names of "public figures" without any problems, but here you're talking about living private ...   Thu Jun 11th, 2009 06:13 am

Question & Answer > What is the normal percentage the playwright gets? (3 replies - 7772 views)

Hi, Solarcirclegirl! There's no one "normal" deal, but what I personally usually do in situations like this is I ask for 5% of the box office ...   Thu May 7th, 2009 06:34 am

Question & Answer > A Revisionary Question -- Stage Directions (4 replies - 10487 views)

Hi, RTurco! Plenty of stage directions is an infallible sign of an amateur.  The fewer the stage directions, the more actors and directors will like you ...   Mon Apr 13th, 2009 07:02 pm

Question & Answer > Binding a play (11 replies - 15967 views)

Dear Luana, Fortunately, the world of theater is very different from the film world, where using the exact "correct" binding is required.  When a theater asks ...   Thu May 8th, 2008 06:12 pm

Question & Answer > Copyright question concerning adaptation (12 replies - 14761 views)

Hi! First question is--and this is the BIG one--how do you know that the movie itself is in the public domain?  Very few movies are--and the ...   Sat Nov 3rd, 2007 07:55 pm

Question & Answer > Unauthorized Staging of my Plays - what to do? (9 replies - 11737 views)

Hi, Ian! The answer is simple:  Have you already joined the Dramatists Guild?  If not, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.  Once you're a member, tell them about this ...   Fri Jul 27th, 2007 05:44 pm

Question & Answer > Copyright issue?? (10 replies - 11294 views)

Hi, Tracy! You have several distinct issues here.  First, yes, you need the permission of the copyright holder, who is almost always the playwright.  Are you ...   Thu Apr 19th, 2007 06:25 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > introduction (23 replies - 27823 views)

Hi, Paul! Do let us know when you're ready for the next batch of outside submissions! (And, if you have a moment, glance at my website and ...   Sun Feb 4th, 2007 06:45 pm

Please, introduce yourself ... > introduction (23 replies - 27823 views)

Hi, Paul! Just checked out your company's website--I wish you had more information on it!  I wasn't able to get a real handle (from a far-from-Chicago ...   Sun Feb 4th, 2007 12:16 am

Question & Answer > To be or not to be....... a producer?? (11 replies - 12758 views)

In The Producers, one of the things the "producers" do is--they hire a director! Best, Spence ...   Tue Jan 23rd, 2007 03:41 am

Question & Answer > (15 replies - 19212 views)

Hi, "in media res"!  Hi, Everyone! I personally don't want my plays published right now (because of all the theaters and competitions that won't look at ...   Sun Jan 21st, 2007 11:22 pm

Question & Answer > To be or not to be....... a producer?? (11 replies - 12758 views)

Hi, Tracy!  (Hi, Everyone!) This is actually a more interesting question than it seems on the surface.  Your sound and lighting person is living in ...   Sat Jan 20th, 2007 07:56 pm

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