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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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Full-length scripts

Here’s a complete list of my full-length scripts.

All can be produced with minimal staging.

All are available directly from me, except for
* “Fairweather Friends,” which is available through Eldridge Plays and Musicals
* “The Hurleyburg Twirling Society,” which is available through Rebel Belle Publishing.
* “The Armadillo Queen,” “The Cactus Rustlers,” “Exchange of Gifts” and “Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili,” which are available through Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.

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Ten-minute scripts

Here’s my list of ten-minute scripts. Most are suitable for high schools or community theatres.

All are available directly from me.

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Five minute scripts (or shorter)

I have many five-minute scripts available, almost all of them royalty-free and almost all (but not quite) suitable for high schools. Here’s a list (still under construction): Read the rest of this entry »

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One-acts, the complete list

Here’s my complete list of one-acts. Most are suitable for high schools and community theatres; a few would not be.  To weed those out, see the post “one-acts for high schools.”

Almost all run about 25-30 minutes; designed to fit within the time limits of most one-act contests.

A few run longer, a few run shorter, as noted.

All can be produced with minimal staging.

All are available directly from me, except those that have been published, which are noted — and are available from their respective publishers.

Enjoy!

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One-acts for high schools

Here’s a list of my one-acts that I’d deem suitable for high schools and community theatres. Almost all run about 25-30 minutes; designed to fit within the time limits of most one-act contests.

A few run longer, a few run shorter, as noted.

All can be produced with minimal staging.

All are available directly from me, except those that have been published, which are noted — and are available from their respective publishers.

Enjoy!

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Royalty-free Christmas plays

I have six full-length Christmas plays, all available royalty-free.

I also have several Christmas one-acts, including “The Fruitcake” (published by Brooklyn Publishers) and “Santa Claustrophobia” (published by Big Dog Plays) plus five unpublished one-acts that are available royalty-free: “The Angel Tree,” “The Girl Who Made Emus Believe They Could Fly on Christmas,” “Joy to Other Worlds,” “Let There Be Lights!” and “A Zombie Christmas.” I also have some Christmas-related scripts in the five minute or less range.

Full list below:
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One-minute scripts

Here are some one-minute plays. Yes, they really do run a minute. Sometimes less. See below!

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