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In The Room - Copyright Matters

Episode 57
Copyright Matters: Part 2
with Stephen Schwartz, Doug Wright, Gwydion Suilebhan, Ralph Sevush, and Maria A. Pallante

Joining Maria Pallante (US Registrar of Copyrights) are Council members Stephen Schwartz and Doug Wright along with DG Regional Rep Gwydion Suilebhan and Executive Director of Business Affairs Ralph Sevush talking about the effect of owning their work and how copyright empowers dramatists around the country.

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Composer, Lyricist

Stephen Schwartz has contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker’s Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags, Children of Eden, My Fairytale, and the current Broadway hit, Wicked. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein’s Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. For films, he collaborated with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney’s Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and wrote the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He has released two CDs of new songs entitled Reluctant Pilgrim and Uncharted Territory. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, premiered with Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera. A book about his career, “Defying Gravity,” has recently been released by Applause Books. Under the auspices of the ASCAP Foundation, he runs musical theatre workshops in New York and Los Angeles, and is currently the President of the Dramatists Guild. Mr. Schwartz has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and four Drama Desk Awards.

Works include: Butterflies are Free (title song/ play and movie) 1969;Godspell (music and new lyrics) 1971; Mass (English texts/in collaboration with Leonard Bernstein) 1971; Pippin (music and lyrics) 1972; The Magic Show (music and lyrics) 1974; The Baker’s Wife, music and lyrics, 1976; The Perfect Peach (children’s book), 1977; Working (adaptation, four songs, direction) 1978 (co-directed television adaptation with Kirk Browning for PBS-TV, “American Playhouse” 1981); Personals (music, three songs), 1985; Captain Louie (children’s show/ music and lyrics) 1986; Rags (lyrics) 1986; Children of Eden (music and lyrics) 1991; Pocahontas  (lyrics) 1995; The Hunchback of Notre Dame (lyrics) 1996; Reluctant Pilgrim (CD of eleven songs) 1997; The Prince of Egypt (music and lyrics) 1998; Geppetto (music and lyrics) 2000 (re-named My Son Pinocchio); Uncharted Territory (CD of eleven songs) 2001; Wicked (music and lyrics) 2003; Mit Eventyr/ My Fairytale (music and lyrics, 9 songs) 2005; Seance on a Wet Afternoon (music and libretto)  2009.

Stephen Schwatz’s DG Member Profile: http://www.dramatistsguild.com/memberdirectory/getmembership.aspx?cid=7791


Playwright, Screenwriter

Doug Wright is a Pulitzer Prize winner and has received a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, GLAAD Media Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for I Am My Own Wife. His screen adaptation of Quills was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards. Doug was cited by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and awarded the Tolerance Prize from the Kulturforum Europa. Currently, he serves on the board of the New York Theatre Workshop and serves as Secretary on the Dramatists Guild Council.

Works include: Interrogating the Nude (1988), Quills (1995), Unwrap Your Candy (2001), I Am My Own Wife (2003), Grey Gardens (book) (2006), The Little Mermaid (book) (2007), The Pavilion (2009), Hands On a Hardbody (book)(2013).

Doug Wright’s DG Member Profile: http://www.dramatistsguild.com/memberdirectory/getmembership.aspx?cid=10756



Gwydion Suilebhan is a DC-based writer and communications consultant. His work has been commissioned, produced, and developed by theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, Baltimore, and St. Louis, including Active Cultures, Centerstage, dog & pony DC, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, HotCity Theatre, the National New Play Network, Rorschach Theatre, Source Theater Festival, the Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Theater Alliance, and Theater J. Gwydion also writes for stage, screen, print, and throughout the blogosphere, including HowlRound and 2amTheatre. He is a founding member of The Welders and DC’s representative to The Dramatists Guild.

Works Include: The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, The Constellation, Let X, The Faithkiller, Cracked, Anthem, Evolution, Hot & Cold, The Great Dismal, and Buggy & Tyler.

Gwydion Suilebhan’s website: http://www.suilebhan.com/about/bio/