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Long before playwrights or musical theatre writers join the Dramatists Guild, they often struggle professionally in small-to-medium-sized theatres throughout the country. It is essential, therefore, that dramatists know their rights, which the Dramatists Guild has defended for nearly 100 years. In order to protect the dramatist’s unique vision, which has always been the strength of…

Twice the DG has intervened on my behalf. Last year, David Faux, with great finesse, extracted a copy of a youthful mistake of mine that had been deposited under (at best) questionable authority in a prestigious archive. The embarrassing script was finally returned with much protesting from the archivists. Recently, an old play of mine…

“Your pen” means I own my play. “Our sword” means, “No really, I really own my play. Seriously, other pens, back away.” Fortunately, I haven’t had an issue with anybody trying to rewrite my work, but these words translate to more. They empower me to remember when anybody gives me notes, that at the end…

I recently had a chance to sit down with my good friend Joseph Haj, artistic director of the Guthrie Theater, to talk about the Guthrie, new works, and the state of parity in the American theatre. Here is an excerpt of literally one quarter of our conversation. Christine Toy Johnson:  The mission has not changed…

By: Georgia Stitt I make my living as a composer and lyricist, working in collaboration with playwrights to make new musicals for the theater. I have a lot to say about sheet music, and I’ll get to that, but I’d like to start by drawing your attention to World Intellectual Property Day. How wonderful to…