FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What do I do if i'm interested in producing one of your plays or using one of your works in a forensics competition?
A: There are links on the GREAT PLAYS page that will in most cases take you directly to whichever publisher or agency handles a particular work. From there it depends on the agency, but in every case the directions should be self explanatory.
Q: May I use one of your short monologues in an audition?
A: Yes, and I don't charge royalties for the two-minute pieces. But I do ask that you EMAIL ME to ask for permission (always granted) and that you properly credit the work. (Be careful, though--some auditions require that your monologue be a cutting from a published play, rather than a stand-alone monologue.)
Q: May I use one of your lesson plans in my class?
A: Of course--that's why they're there. Feel free to use all or part of any lesson plan, or to modify them as you see fit. And feel free to share them with colleagues--just don't pass them off as your own.
Q: May I quote from one of your essays?
A: As long as you include the proper attribution, feel free to quote from any text on the site.
Q: May I use your curriculm plans?
A: By all means. Feel free to use all or part of them, or to use them as the basis for your own. All I ask is that if you publish a document including the curriculum in essentially its current form, you give me credit as the author--and also include the credits I list for my sources.
Q: Do you have any more lesson plans about (fill in the blank)?
A: If you have visited the LESSON PLANS page on the site, you have seen pretty much all of the actual written lesson plans I have, because whenever I write one up I try to upload it as soon as I can. However, if you have an idea for a lesson and want advice on formatting or tweaking it, I MAY be able to help.
Q: I've written a play of my own. How do I get it published?
A: Well, the short answer is that you can't, unless it's good enough that a publisher wants to handle it. Also, most publishers won't look at a play that has not been produced (because a production is really the only reliable way to be sure a play "works.") And unless I've read your work (see below), I am reluctant to contact my own publisher on your behalf--I've got a reputation to protect. But many publishers have websites that give instructions about how to submit works for consideration. Look for a list of web addresses on this site when I get around to it.
Q: Will you read my play and give me some advice on it?
A: If you are a student, and it's not too long and I'm not too busy, yes--but no promises. If you're an adult playwright (and not a personal friend) I would probably want to negotiate some kind of consulting fee, as I do, despite the free nature of this site, do this for a living. (On the other hand, obviously if I'm getting paid I'll put the play on the front burner.)