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FAQ

Can I buy a larger volume of books at a discount?

Of course! For physical scripts, they are $8/book, or $7.25/book if ordering over 30 (mix and match is ok). Over 100 books, the price drops to $6.50/book. Please note, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the books to arrive once payment is received.

 

Can I buy a signed copy?

Yes!  Just email me and I’ll make arrangements to get you a signed copy.

Use the contact form below.

Can I do this as a home school, after-school, or summer camp program?

ABSOLUTELY! I’ll even mentor and coach you for no charge! (contact me below) Better yet, check out my presentation on running your own summer camp!

But…. (there’s always a but) if you are charging for this class, then you have to pay for the books (good news, you get a discount from me!).  Also, if you are charging the audience to see your production, then there will be a performance license or royalty associated with each performance.  

If you are NOT charging to run this class (i.e. you’re a teacher at a school; you’re a homeschool parent running a drama course, etc.) Then you don’t have to worry about buying books. But, I do ask that you pay a nominal photocopy fee if you can. (if not, contact me, I work with all teachers in many different situations!)

Learn about licensing costs here.

Please contact me using the form below for details and group discounts on books. Or email me directly at Brendan at PlayingWithPlays.com

 

Can I modify or customize the script?

I always tell teachers, “I only paint half the canvas, I expect the kids to be creative and paint the other half!”

Yes, it is VERY important that you have fun with the scripts.  I have seen kids do Star Wars music every time Lady Macbeth appeared on stage and even dance to Thriller in a production of Romeo & Juliet!  Just the other day, a lady from the Philippines wrote music to be sung in Midsummer – AWESOME!

Just do me a favor, let me know!  I love to share ideas with other teachers and sometimes I even modify my plays to include your ideas!

Just drop me a note in the contact box below.

Can I photocopy the script?

First of all, the plays are copyright protected. So, this would be a great lesson plan for your kids to learn the right and wrongs around copyright.

BUT, to answer your question: If you need to purchase copies for a classroom, homeschool, theatre, or some other type of group, or need more information regarding performance rights, see the pricing below, including our educator’s rate. Also! See my Director’s Toolbox for Cast sizes, Character line counts, forms, and other tips and tricks for putting on my plays.

— Any photocopies/digital copies are $2/copy (educator’s rate OR not charging the kids to be part of your class) or $5/copy (non-education rate – you are charging the kids to be part of your program) – one per kid/director/backstage (in example 10 kids = $20)

— For physical scripts, they are $8/book (10 books minimum), or $7.25/book if ordering over 30 (mix and match is ok). If you’re ordering over 100 books, then the price drops to $6.50/book. Please note, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the books to arrive once payment is received.

— As for performance rights, if you are charging the audience, in a competition, or accepting donations, then it is $45/show. IF NOT, then you are eligible for the ‘Pay what you can’ rate. (this is for online or in-person) Typically, I charge $45/show, if you can pay that, great! If you can only afford $0, fantastic! Or, somewhere in between is wonderful as well! (I understand how budgets can be!)

Questions? Just contact me using the form below, or email: Brendan at PlayingWithPlays.com

 

Can you come to my classroom or school and introduce Shakespeare to them?

Yes!  However, I have a very tight schedule (this is my very late at night job, the day job pays the mortgage!) So contact me and we can see what we can work out.

Fill out the contact form below and I will get back with you.

I’m a teacher, and we have no budget, do I still have to pay a royalty?

The answer is yes and no, depending…I work with MANY teachers and, unfortunately, they don’t get paid well enough, nor are most given budgets for the arts. A teacher once told me: “Pay a royalty?!?! Are you kidding me?! I’m lucky enough to buy one copy of this book, with my own money!” So, I’ve broken my pricing down to the following:

— Any photocopies/digital copies are $2/copy (educator’s rate OR not charging the kids to be part of your class) or $5/copy (non-education rate – you are charging the kids to be part of your program) – one per kid/director/backstage (in example 10 kids = $20)

— For physical scripts, they are $8/book, or $7.25/book if ordering over 30 (mix and match is ok). Ordering over 100 books – then it’s $6.50/book. Please note, it takes about 2-3 weeks for the books to arrive once payment is received.

— As for performance rights, if you are charging the audience, in a competition, or accepting donations, then it is $45/show. IF NOT, then you are eligible for the ‘Pay what you can’ rate. (this is for online or in-person) Typically I charge $45/show, if you can pay that, great! If you can only afford $0, fantastic! Or, somewhere in between is wonderful as well! (I understand how budgets can be!)

If this pricing still doesn’t work for you, send me a message and I’ll see what we can work out.

But, with that said, I am an author and I’m trying to do more and more of these plays, so if you can pull it off, I would appreciate the royalty!

 

 

Is there a royalty or licensing fee for using your plays?

Yes and No… depends on who you are.  If you are performing my plays and NOT charging any money for people to see it, then it’s a “pay what you can” model. MANY schools can’t afford anything, and that’s OK. But, if you can afford $5 or $10 or the entire $45, that’s great too! (This is how I make my living!) 

HOWEVER, if you are charging the audience to see it, then YES, there is a licensing fee. Also, if this is being performed for a competition, festival, or as a donation event, then YES, the licensing fees do apply.

The costs for one play are: 

  • $45 per performance
  • $40 per performance (for 3 or more performances)
  • $35 per performance (for 6 or more performances)

If you are doing multiple plays in one performance (i.e. Hamlet, Macbeth, and Midsummer all for 1 ticket price), then the costs are:

  • $90 per performance
  • $85 per performance (for 3 or more performances)
  • $75 per performance (for 6 or more performances)

Please contact me directly for details using the form below.  And if you have ANY questions, I’m always listening!

If you do fall under, “there is no royalty” then that’s great!  If you can still let me know, I would appreciate it, I love to share when groups perform my plays.

Thanks!

What does the performance license cover?

When you purchase a performance license, it allows you to legally perform the play in front of an audience.

This can be a live audience, or a live streaming online. You are also allowed to record and share this as well as post it to a video service like YouTube or Vimeo.

Where can I find the famous Shakespeare Insult Generator I’ve heard so much about?

Right Here!

 

 

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