Royalties and Permission
Performers and mentors should seriously consider that when internal cuts and the realignment of text are made to scenes or monologues, there is the risk of significantly altering the interpretation of the dramatic idea of the play and the author’s intent. Most authors would not support such an action, even for an audition. Both mentors and students are reminded that they assume the liability should any rights holder choose to formally complain about the way the material is used.
Audition material should be selected from the following:
•Public domain (non-copyrighted material)
•Material written for or by the candidate
•Material for which permission of the rights holder can be secured
Written proof of permission from the rights holder must be presented at each level (regional and national) of the Irene Ryan Auditions for any material that has not previously been designated as available (see rights holders’ information below).
As with any copyrighted material, if you wish to use non-dramatic source material for your audition (i.e. a novel, short story, etc.), you must obtain written permission from the author or rights holder if required to perform the piece.
Once you receive written permission (if applicable), you must provide A COPY to the Irene Ryan coordinator at the regional festival auditions (keep the original secured in your possession at festival, as this is a legal document entitling you to perform the piece).
Any royalty fee(s) for material performed in the auditions is the sole responsibility of the nominee. Be advised that if a royalty fee is required, it must be paid prior to receiving written permission to perform the material. Please plan accordingly.
To find the publisher of a particular play, go to the following website: www.findaplay.com
Once you ascertain who the publisher is, then go to the section for that publisher (below) and follow the instructions specific to that company. If the play you have selected is handled by an agency not listed below, you MUST contact that agent to secure written permission to perform you selection.
PUBLIC DOMAIN MATERIAL
(non-copyrighted material) – i.e. the works of Shakespeare and other classic plays written pre-twentieth century whose copyright has expired. Many plays that may be in the public domain in their original language ARE NOT in the public domain when translated into English. If you wish to perform a translation of a play not originally written in English, make certain that the rights are available for that translation and, if necessary, obtain written permission and pay whatever royalty is required. For more information about plays in the public domain, go here: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
SMITH AND KRAUS
Most Smith and Kraus collections and monologue books include a blanket permission statement for audition use. These collections provide a loophole if you're desperate to perform a piece listed on Sam French's RED LIGHT LIST of plays. Remember, however, the particular piece you're interested in performing MUST be found in one of these collections that include blanket permission. You must provide evidence of this at the check-in for each round at festival, so please BRING THE BOOK with you.
BROADWAY PLAY PUBLISHING, INC.
ALL plays for which Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. represents the stage rights (unless designated "restricted" in the catalogue description) may be used in the Irene Ryan Auditions with NO ROYALTY or WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED , provided the excerpt taken from the play is performed in its entirety (no internal cutting).
(New policy December 2017)
KCACTF will continue to respect the wishes of the following playwrights (or their estates) and not allow plays by these individuals that are licensed by Samuel French for the audition:
Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Amiri Baraka, Enid Bagnold, Philip Barry, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Eduardo DiFillipo, Ben Elton, Michael Frayn, Charles Fuller, John Guare, David Hare, Eugene Ionesco, George S. Kaufman (and co-authors), Ira Levin, Charles Ludlam, David Mamet, Jane Martin, Peter Nichols, Eugene O’Neill, Elmer Rice, Willy Russell, Claudia Shearer, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Hugh Whitemore, and Thornton Wilder.
Exceptions (these ARE available for audition use):
David Hare: GALILEO, MOTHER COURAGE, AMY’S VIEW, THE JUDAS KISS, THE BLUE ROOM
David Mamet (and Anton Chekhov) UNCLE VANYA
George S. Kaufman: JUNE MOON, THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN
Tom Stoppard: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, DOGG’S HAMLET/CAHOOT’S MACBETH
Elmer Rice: THE ADDING MACHINE
Sam Shepard: THE TOOTH OF CRIME
Thornton Wilder: THE MATCHMAKER, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
Willy Russell: SHIRLEY VALENTINE
All other Samuel French licensed plays and playwrights are available for use.
If the student actor advances to the final round of the scholarship audition at the regional level, s/he is responsible for paying a royalty for the Samuel French licensed monologue or scene. The Kennedy Center will consolidate this process and coordinate payment AFTER each regional festival.
If the student actor advances to the national finals for the acting scholarship at the Kennedy Center during the National Festival, the Kennedy Center will consolidate and coordinate this process and pay the royalty.
Neil Simon plays are only allowed if the student agrees to pay a full performance royalty if s/he advances to the final round of the regional audition process.
Students should not reach out to Samuel French to inquire about rights, apply for a license or attempt to pay a royalty.
DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.
DO NOT SEND Dramatists an application for the REGIONAL festival level. You may perform selections from any Dramatist play, EXCEPT the works of EDWARD ALBEE & SAMUEL BECKETT, at the regional level without written permission or paying a royalty fee. However, if you progress to the NATIONAL finals at the Kennedy Center, you MUST apply for and receive written permission from Dramatists to perform the piece(s). FYI: this must be a quick turnaround, so don't delay if advanced to national finals!
Any play appearing on the pre-approved material list (link below) by Dramatic Publishing Company.
Any of their properties NOT appearing on this list are to be considered red-light.
The nominee is expected to pay a $15 royalty per piece if they make the regional audition’s final round.
Permission will be granted with no royalty fee for all of the playwrights represented by ICM who are not handled by any of the major houses (Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, etc.). To use a piece from an unpublished work (but it appears in a collection for example), a letter requesting permission, and a subsequent response by ICM, is required. No royalty will be necessary, but permission is required.
40 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019
PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA
All properties are available with no royalty charges, and no written permission is required.
54 Wolseley St. 2nd Floor
Canada, M5T 1A5
(416) 703.0059 (fax)
DO NOT CALL TAMS-WITMARK! If your school has an ASCAP license, you should be covered by the license as representatives of your school (check with an appropriate faculty member for clarification). If not, you may not perform the piece.
Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
560 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 688-5656 - fax
MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL (MTI)
If your school has an ASCAP license, you should be covered by the license as representatives of your school. Check with an appropriate faculty member for clarification.
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN MUSIC LIBRARY
The creation and use of an excerpt or any other adaptation of a copyrighted work without the express authorization of the authors or their agents is a violation of copyright law. When available, R & H is happy to license excerpts, scene cuttings or individual songs for participation in theatre auditions and festivals. You must advise R&H of the nature of the specific excerpt or cutting, along with the dates, place and number of performances to be presented in the initial audition and, if approved, R&H will issue the appropriate Special License. They ask that you keep them informed of subsequent auditions should you move on to the next level, and they will amend the license accordingly. They cannot, under any condition, grant permission to omit the score from one of our musicals for presentation as a straight play.
If your school has an ASCAP license, you should be covered by the license as representatives of your school. Check with an appropriate faculty member for clarification. Otherwise, you must obtain written permission from:
229 West 28th St. 11th floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 268-1245 - fax
Currently, royalties are waived for the performance of *excerpts lasting less than 10 minutes* at adjudicated school theatrical festivals or auditions, unless otherwise noted. These particular performances, and only these, are automatically authorized by the playwright when you purchase books from Playscripts. (Note: Any other cuttings must receive prior approval from Playscripts.)
JUDY BOALS, INC.
All properties are available with no royalty charge , and no written permission is required.
208 West 30th Street Rm 401
New York, NY 10001
(212) 868-1068 (212) 868-1052
TRW (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)
Permission for the Irene Ryan Auditions will be granted with no royalty fee for all musicals represented by TRW. However you are required to use copyrighted, authorized sheet music. Any music not commercially available can be purchased by contacting TRW. Sheet music from the piano/conductor score can be purchased for $10 each per performer (includes shipping and handling).
You must also request a festival license using any of the contact information below. When making your request, include the name of the festival, the song(s) you are looking to perform, the full name(s) of the performer(s), the date(s), the location of the festival, and your email address. You will then receive a license via e-mail which you must sign and return before receiving permission.
TRW (Theatrical Rights Worldwide)
1180 Ave of Americas, Suite 640
New York, NY 10036
866-378-9758 (toll free)
Monologues and scenes/excerpts lasting ten minutes or less taken from plays published by Theatrefolk may be performed for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships without royalty.
ORIGINAL WORKS PUBLISHING
ALL plays for which Original Works Publishing represents the stage rights may be used in the Irene Ryan Auditions with NO ROYALTY or WRITTEN PERMISSION REQUIRED , provided the excerpt taken from the play is performed in its entirety (no internal cutting).