Theater Production Agreement
If you work with a published play, the publisher has its own agreement, but if you work with a single playwright, you need a contract. Keep in mind that playwrights are not employees, but you concede their work for a certain period of time. Most of these days`s new dramas do not have a third act, perhaps a recognition of our diminishing collective attention margins. If the theatre community can continue to focus on this complex interdependence between the world of commercial theatre and the world of non-profit theatre, it will be interesting to see what the third act brings. And I hope we don`t have to wait 26 years to find out. Often, directors, designers, playwrights and other collaborators (and sometimes actors) are treated as independent contractors for limited production. This means that they are not considered employees and are responsible for their own taxes. That doesn`t mean you don`t have responsibilities. For every entrepreneur who earns more than $600, you are responsible for reporting that income to the federal government with a 1099 form – you must receive the necessary information from them to do so. This means that they must complete a W-9 form typical of independent contractors, which gives their name for tax purposes, address and social security number. Click here to download an IRS website. At FACT, Mr. Cohen warned in his policy speech: “Broadway, Off-Broadway, non-profit, professional, experimental – we all work under a sword of Damocles.
The sword has different edges for all of us, but it is the same sword, and it is high time we began to draw a common shield. In the 26 years leading up to ACT II, the for-profit and not-for-profit world has forged a kind of alliance. The industry began to realize that the world of commercial theatre and the world of the NFP could achieve together certain goals that neither could achieve alone. What emerges from ACT II is the feeling of some that the Alliance requires additional refinement to better protect both worlds from the edge of the sword, but the feeling of others that the alliance had already become too strong, that the bonds between two worlds were tangled and that the final product was too compromised. Among the most important elements of most drama contracts are: 1. Copyright and property remain at all times in the name of the playwright. 2. Game additions, cuts or changes are not allowed without express prior permission. This means that you cannot change the dialogue, the stage directions, the genres of characters (etc.) without consulting the playwright beforehand (either directly or through the editor). 3. In a professional production, the playwright will not have unreasonably refused the choice of director, cast and designer. (In amateur productions, a playwright will rarely be present.) 4.
The playwright can attend all rehearsals and performances free of charge. 5. The playwright`s name should always immediately follow the title in the posters, programs and other promotions of the play, and it should be billed in a font size of at least 50% of that of the title and as large or larger than all other names.