All the Durang plays mentioned on this website are under copyright, and thus you must obtain the performance rights and pay a royalty if you wish to present the plays in any public arena, whether professional or amateur.
(Note for students: The royalties for amateur rights are usually not that expensive and are rated per performance. Consideration is given to how many performances you wish to give, how much you’re charging for tickets, how large an audience you may have, etc.)
For most stock, amateur and professional performance rights to published plays, you can contact one of two play licensing firms that handle Durang’s plays.
Concord Theatricals (formerly Samuel French, Inc.) handles three of Durang’s plays: A History Of The American Film, Beyond Therapy and Adrift in Macao. For information on the rights to those three plays, contact:
250 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10107-0102
Toll Free: (866) 979-0447
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. handles all other Durang plays, including Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, The Actor’s Nightmare, Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Marriage Of Bette And Boo, Laughing Wild, Baby With The Bathwater, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Miss Witherspoon and Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. DPS also handles all the published one acts. To inquire regarding rights (or to browse their website to see the list of Durang plays they have) contact:
Dramatists Play Service
440 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-683-8960 Fax: 212-213-1539
Durang [the writer] is represented by ICM Partners. For inquiries about rights in general – and also for all foreign, commercial theater and re-print rights – you should contact:
65 East 55th Street,
New York, NY 10022
Alice Stites, assistant to Mr. Herold
Both Concord Theatricals (formerly Samuel French) and Dramatists Play Service publish acting editions of the plays they handle. (The one acts are often published in a collection, such as Durang/Durang or Naomi In The Living Room And Other Short Plays.)
The acting editions usually include author’s notes written for actors and directors putting on the plays. These notes are usually not printed anywhere else, and so the author requests that you get the acting editions if you are going to produce the plays.
The notes are not didactic advice, but are intended to offer guidance about acting tone and production issues (sets, costumes) that the author discovered when working on their premiere productions.
The rights to Sex And Longing are not presently available; Durang wonders about rewriting it sometime, so if you are a professional theatre who wishes to consider presenting a rewritten version some day, feel free to make inquiries to Mr. Herold.