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Produce your play without a producer : a survival guide for actors and playwrights who need a production
Hillenbrand, Mark.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Hanover, NH : Smith and Kraus, [2001]

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340 pages ; 22 cm.
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PN2053 .H53 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Actors and playwrights, can self-produce. There is notable precedence for self-producing, from Moliere to Shaw, from Shepard to the hundreds of playwrights and actors backing their work today. The How to Produce a Play without a Producer: A Survival Guide for Actors and Playwrights will empower the actor or writer by clarifying the intricacies of theatre production. Topics include budgeting, theatre spaces, building artistic and technical teams, legal and tax issues, box office management, marketing, publicity, press agents, and transferring the play to a higher production level.

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Library Journal Review

For many playwrights, the play is not complete until an audience has seen it, but the difficulties involved in producing a play create a formidable barrier. Hillenbrand, associate chair and managing director of theater at Ball State University and a regionally known playwright, provides clear direction to help the playwright, actor, designer, or theater benefactor self-produce a play. Chapters explain how to conduct readings, construct a budget, raise funds, find a performing space, work with the various members of the creative team, handle legal and financial issues, create publicity, and make a working timetable for the various activities. Hillenbrand also includes a lengthy bibliography and lists of national and regional theater organizations, drama bookstores, rights and royalties agencies, state arts agencies, and useful contacts. An especially notable feature is the summation of major points at the end of each chapter. Useful for larger public libraries. J. Sara Paulk, Coastal Plain Regional Lib., Tifton, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.