Thanks to everyone who has posted here. I know that everyone in the theatrical licensing community is working their hardest to adjust to needs of schools.
For the vast majority of titles in the Playscripts catalog (roughly 90%), you can apply and receive an instant licensing agreement for next season's productions. By selecting an offline payment, such as check or PO, you will be able to complete your order and access your licensing agreement in a matter of minutes. Even if you do not have a PO that you are ready to send to us, you can still access your licensing agreement and announce your show as soon as you wish. For the select few titles in the Playscripts catalog that are restricted, you can still apply now and we will respond as soon as possible. Even with most restricted titles, you will not have to provide a PO prior to announcing.
For titles in the Broadway Licensing catalog, you can apply at any time. For this catalog, you will need to provide a PO prior to announcing. However, for the time being, we are also accepting any official communication from your school or district if a PO cannot be obtained. This will allow you to announce.
In the event that plans change and you are unable to present your show on stage, we are working with a growing list of authors from both catalogs to be able to offer alternative, virtual performances. In the coming days, we will also be launching a new collection of titles written specifically to be performed on platforms such as Zoom.
Just to let you know we have approached a number of our authors about writing some new one-acts and short plays specifically to be performed via Zoom or a similar platform. We're getting the first plays in now, and hope to have an announcement with a list of them very soon.
Director of Nonprofessional Licensing
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE
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New York, NY 10016