New York, NY – Concord Theatricals and DG Copyright Management are honored to announce that Concord’s Samuel French imprint will represent the legendary William S. Yellow Robe, Jr.’s full dramatic catalog for licensing and publishing.
The rollout of Yellow Robe’s works has launched with his titles Rez Politics, Sneaky, The Body Guards, The Council, and The Star Quilter; it will continue throughout 2023. For more information, visit Concord’s website.
“Concord is honored to finally make the powerful plays of William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. available to theatres around the world,” said Amy Rose Marsh, Vice President of Acquisitions & Artistic Development at Concord Theatricals. “Bill’s body of work lives as a example of masterful storytelling. His beautifully complex characters and poetic language deserve to be recognized as an essential part of the cannon of American dramatists. These stories need to be staged and seen.”
“Managing the dramatic works of Bill Yellow Robe on behalf of the Dramatists Guild and his widow, Jeanne Domeck, is both a huge honor and responsibility. It is wonderful that Concord has teamed up with us to release his over 50 plays into the world,” said Deborah Murad, Executive Director of DG Copyright Management. “Bill’s legacy as an artist, educator, and advocate for Native voices in the theatre endures through these plays, and we’re thrilled for the next generation of artists to read and perform his work.”
William Stanley Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine/Sioux, 1960-2021) was a playwright, actor, director, and teacher. He was a staunch advocate for Native and Indigenous playwrights, beloved by his students and revered by his audiences. His work has been produced around the United States and in Europe, including AMERINDA (NY), the Public Theater (NY), Trinity Repertory Company (RI), Penumbra Theatre Company (MN), the Mark Taper Forum (CA), and Arena Stage (DC). A prolific author of over 50 titles, Yellow Robe was the recipient of a Foundation Residency, the Native American Achiever’s Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the New England Excellence Award in Theater, and the First Book Award for Drama from the Gathering of Nations. He received a Princess Grace Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, and the Robert Rauschenberg Award and was the 2021 recipient of the Dramatist Guild’s Flora Roberts Award. The literary estate of William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. is managed by DG Copyright Management, Inc.
Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark, and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, plus dozens of new signings each year. Our unparalleled roster includes the work of Irving Berlin, Agatha Christie, George & Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorraine Hansberry, Kander & Ebb, Ken Ludwig, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dominique Morisseau, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thornton Wilder, and August Wilson. Condord is the only firm providing truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production. Follow Concord Theatricals @concordshows.
DG Copyright Management, Inc. (DG©M) is an estate planning consultancy and copyright management organization established by the Dramatists Guild of America whose aim is to help dramatists devise plans for the long-term care of their copyrights. DG©M manages the intellectual property bequeathed to the Dramatists Guild with guidance from the Dramatists Guild Council.
Since its inception in 1919, the Dramatists Guild of America has been the professional trade association for playwrights, librettists, lyricists, and composers writing for the American stage. With over 10,000 members around the world, The Guild is guided by a governing council of writers who each give their time, interest, and support to advance the rights of dramatists everywhere, including the right for dramatists to own and control their own copyrighted work. The Guild’s advocacy, programs, events, publications, and other services provide dramatists with the resources, the community and the support they require to protect their property, their livelihoods, and their unique voices in the American theatre.