Most of my scripts are royalty-free

Yes, you read that right: Most of my scripts are royalty-free.

Why is that?, you might wonder.

Glad you asked!

Here’s why: First, being a playwright isn’t a paying gig. Fortunately, I do have a day job (which sometimes is a night job, too, but that’s another story.) So I’m not trying to make a living at this.

My psychic payment comes from seeing my work performed (or at least knowing it’s performed, in the case of distant venues.) And I know most theatres don’t have piles of cash sitting around.

But also . . . My ultimate goal is to see my scripts published (which means they’ll get performed more often, and publishers do want to be paid, which means I get royalties there.) But most publishers won’t consider work unless it’s been produced (sometimes more than once.)

So it’s in my interest to get scripts produced — royalty-free — so I can more quickly get them in front of publishers.

If you’re a high school or community theatre looking for scripts but dreading royalty payments, this is your lucky day!

I invite you, of course, to patronize my publishers. I’ll even include a list of my published scripts. But all the rest — and believe me, I have many more — are available royalty-free. So browse through the “scripts” category to see if there’s something that strikes your fancy. If so, let me know, and we’ll see if we can do business, without any money changing hands.

* Big Dog Plays: The one-acts “Red, Ripe and Round” and “Santa Claustrophobia.”
* Brooklyn Publishers: The one-acts “The Fruitcake,” “The Kissing Consultant,” “Mac and Beth” and “The Weird Sisters Go On Holiday.”
* Eldridge Plays and Musicals: The full-length “Fairweather Friends,” the one-acts “Code 40 Verona,” “Hit the Books,” “Macbeth Goes Hollywood,” “My Girlfriend’s Stupid Talking Parrot,” and the collections “24/7” and “Animal Instinct,” the latter of which includes the one-act “Spiders.”
* Heuer Publishing: The one-act “The Fruitcake” (in conjunction with Brooklyn Publishing, a corporate cousin.
* Playscripts:The one-acts “Hamlet on Spring Break” and “Jenna and Her Prize-winning Pig Change the Course of History.”


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  1. #1 by feistyper on February 2, 2013 - 1:27 am

    Hey Dwayne had a look through some of your scripts there and they are really good, was just wondering if you have any tips on script writing, I do a lot of short stories and poems, but never really know how to do a script any justice. Any advice would be great

  2. #2 by Dwayne Yancey on February 2, 2013 - 1:40 am

    Thanks, Feisty. I’ve been at this for years and I learn something new every time! I still try to call on the things I learned in a playwriting class in college many years ago: You need a conflict (otherwise, what’s the play about?), you need a three-way conflict (otherwise, you just get deadlock), and your characters have to evolve over the course of the action as things move toward a resolution. You also have to keep in mind that a play is fundamentally different from a short story in this regard: It’s meant to be performed, not read. So the dialogue is key, in a way that it’s not in a short story. The dialogue has to be realistic, and something that the actors can actually say. Early on, much of my dialogue was too long-winded. I’ve learned to cut that down, way down.Any of that help? Cheers, Dwayne

  3. #3 by feistyper on February 2, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Hey Dwayne, yes that helps quite a bit, I only ever have one conflict going on lol and I guess making dialouge realistic is something I need to work on I think I have been over thinking it if you know what I mean, thanks for the advice and maybe when I get a script done to see what you think, if that’s ok?

  4. #4 by Dwayne Yancey on February 4, 2013 - 11:57 pm

    Sure, Feisty. I might also recommend you find some friends to do a reading for you — since a play is meant to be performed, it’s always better to see it and hear it than to read it on the flat page.

  5. #5 by edwin williams on July 20, 2014 - 5:12 am

    Do you have scripts that could be adapted into a short film? or do you recommend any of your scripts that you would be willing to see adapted into a film format?

  6. #6 by mamakrose on July 22, 2017 - 3:56 pm

    Hi Dwayne! I’m interested in starting a podcast that produces audio plays. I have a group of friends who have done some acting and voice-acting and am looking to pay homage the old “radio shows” of the past, but with fresh material. Are any of your royalty-free plays suited for this? (We’re happy to add in sound effects as needed.)
    Do you know of any other royalty-free material that may be suited to this endeavor?


  7. #7 by Sheila on January 30, 2018 - 6:13 pm

    I would like to get an electronic copy to print for ‘The Broken Angel’

  8. #8 by Anthony Kollar on August 5, 2018 - 9:46 pm

    I was interested In reading “on the thirteenth day of Christmas”. My group just finished it’s summer musical & was looking to expand into other productions & thought a holiday play might be the next thing.

  9. #9 by Karl Rose on June 13, 2019 - 4:19 pm


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