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DG Glossary: World Premiere

A “world premiere” is the first professional production (not a reading or a workshop) of a theatrical work.

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An organization’s request for world premiere rights should only be considered if it is presenting (a) a full professional (e.g. Equity) production (including sets, costumes, lighting, etc.), (b) for at least 21 performances, (c) with an official press opening, (d) with tickets sold to the general public (including subscribers), and with no less than standard royalties paid to the author.

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