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Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions

Updated November 29, 2010

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS FOR AUDITION SCENES AND MONOLOGUES
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Rights and Royalties

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS FOR AUDITION SCENES AND MONOLOGUES FOR IRENE RYAN AUDITION MATERIAL

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition material should be selected from the following:

  • Public domain material (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 of Irene Ryan Auditions for any material that has not previously been designated as available (see rights holders' information below). Once you receive written permission, you must provide A COPY at each round of festival auditions (keep the original secured in your possession at festival, as this is a legal document entitling you to perform the piece, and without same you will be barred from performing that piece in your audition). 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.

If you advance to the regional final round , you must pay a royalty fee of $15.00 for each Samuel French title performed. You don't need to pay a royalty for approved Samuel French titles in the regional preliminary or semi-final rounds; nor if you are advanced to the national finals in Washington, D.C. If advanced to the regional final round, your Samuel French royalty checks need to be made payable to: "Samuel French--KCACTF Ryans.” In the check “memo” area, write the name of the play (and your name, if not on the check). Give your check to the Irene Ryan Coordinator at the regional final round check-in (who will immediately mail it to Sam French).

Cuts or changes to published material may be in violation of copyright. KCACTF expects that nominees will abide by the rights holder's restrictions regarding cuts and changes. KCACTF affirms authors' rights to have their work presented to the public with integrity.

Remember that 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.

To find the publisher of a particular play , go to the following website:

http://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.

Information from the most prominent rights-holding companies in the U.S. appears below.

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 your selection.

SMITH AND KRAUS

http://www.smithkraus.com/

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.

http://www.broadwayplaypubl.com/

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).

SAMUEL FRENCH

http://www.samuelfrench.com/

Do not contact Samuel French, Inc for ANY reason concerning rights and royalties for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.

You can consider the Samuel French scene or monologue available for use in your Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition if it does not appear on the "red light" list, and providing that it is not from a play written by one of the following playwrights:

 

Woody Allen
Ken Ludwig
Enid Bagnold
David Mamet
Amiri Baraka
Jane Martin
Philip Barry
Steve Martin
Bertolt Brecht
Peter Nichols
Eduardo DiFillipo
Eugene O'Neill
Ben Elton
Elmer Rice
Michael Frayn
Willy Russell
Charles Fuller
Peter Shaffer
John Guare
Claudia Shearer
David Hare
Sam Shepard
Eugene Ionesco
Tom Stoppard
George S. Kaufman
(and all plays with
his collaborators)
Thornton Wilder
Ira Levin
Hugh Whitemore
Charles Ludlam

If the piece you're interested in is by one of these playwrights or on the "red light" list, consider it unavailable for use in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition; unless a specific title from one of these playwrights appears on the "green light" list. All titles on the green light list are available for use.

If the Samuel French piece you're interested in using is not by one of the playwrights above and does not appear on the red light list - consider it a green light and use it as part of your audition…but you must e-mail IreneRyanActing@aol.com with your name, the name of the piece you'll be doing, and your school affiliation.

If you advance to the regional final round , you must pay a royalty fee of $15.00 for each Samuel French title performed. You don't need to pay a royalty for approved Samuel French titles in the regional preliminary or semi-final rounds; nor if you are advanced to the national finals in Washington, D.C. If advanced to the regional final round, your Samuel French royalty checks need to be made payable to: KCACTF-Irene Ryan. In the check "memo" area, write the name of the play (and your name, if not on the check). Give your check to the Irene Ryan Coordinator at the regional final round check-in (who will immediately mail it to Sam French).

DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE, INC.

http://www.dramatists.com/

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!

DRAMATIC PUBLISHING

http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/
APPROVED material for use in Ryan Auditions.(NOTE: This link is not yet available on the national site.)

Any of their properties not appearing on this list are to be considered red-light.
There is no charge for use in Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions.

JOYCE KETAY

(literary agent)

All of the plays and playwrights represented by Joyce Ketay are available for use in the Ryans with no royalty charge; however written permission must be obtained in advance.

Contact Jessica at jsarbo@gershny.com

JUDY BOALS, INC.

All properties are available with no royalty charge , and no written permission is required.

judybbf@earthlink.net
208 West 30th Street Rm 401
New York, NY 10001
(212) 868-1068
(212) 868-1052

ICM

http://www.icmtalent.com/

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
(212) 556-5600

PLAYWRIGHTS GUILD OF CANADA

All properties are available with no royalty charges , and no written permission is required.

PGC
54 Wolseley St. 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5T 1A5
(416) 703.0201
(416) 703.0059 (fax)
orders@playwrightsguild.ca

TAMS-WITMARK

http://www.tams-witmark.com/

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)

http://www.mtishows.com/default_home.asp

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.

ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN MUSIC LIBRARY

http://www.rnh.com/gallery_home.asp

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:

R&H THEATRICALS
229 West 28th St. 11th floor
New York, NY 10001
(800) 400-8160
(212) 268-1245 - fax
theatre@rnh.com

PLAYSCRIPTS, INC.

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.) For more information, visit:

http://www.playscripts.com/faq.php3?faqcatid=2

THEATRICAL RIGHTS WORLDWIDE

Permission for the Irene Ryan Auditions will be granted with no royalty fee for all musicals represented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. 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.

Theatrical Rights Worldwide
1359 Broadway, Suite 914
New York, NY 10018
646-736-3235 (direct)
866-378-9758 (toll free)
212-643-1322 (fax)

www.theatricalrights.com

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