How to Obtain Performance Rights
All the Durang plays mentioned on this website are under copyright, and thus you must obtain the performance rights and pay a royalty if you wish to present the plays in any public arena, whether professional or amateur.
(Note for students: The royalties for amateur rights are usually not that expensive and are rated per performance. Consideration is given to how many performances you wish to give, how much you’re charging for tickets, how large an audience you may have, etc.)
For most stock, amateur and professional performance rights to published plays, you can contact one of two play licensing firms that handle Durang’s plays.
Samuel French, Inc. handles three of Durang’s plays: A History Of The American Film, Beyond Therapy and Adrift in Macao. For information on the rights to those three plays, contact:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. handles all other Durang plays, including Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Actor’s Nightmare, Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Marriage Of Bette And Boo, Laughing Wild, Baby With The Bathwater, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Miss Witherspoon and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. DPS also handles all the published one acts. To inquire regarding rights (or to browse their website to see the list of Durang plays they have) contact:
Durang [the writer] is represented by ICM Partners. For inquiries about rights in general – and also for all foreign, commercial theater and re-print rights – you should contact:
E. Mann, assistant to Mr. Herold