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The business disruption caused by the pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for DPS. During the past nine months, the company has endeavored to meet its obligations to writers, customers, agents, vendors, and employees. To do so has required sacrifice, resourcefulness, forbearance, and tremendous care. Yet it became evident to the management and Board that further steps would be needed to safeguard the future and continue building an active, vibrant and innovative approach to servicing our authors and their titles.
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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we want to make you aware of how we're handling the situation at Dramatists Play Service.
DPS is open and at your service. Our office remains fully-accessible via e-mail during regular business hours: Monday–Thursday: 10am to 6pm EDT. Please note that we will not be accessible via telephone. Should you wish to be in touch with us, a complete list of staff and department e-mails is available on the Contact Us page. We will operate under this scenario until further notice.
Also available for livestream productions! WAITING FOR THE HOST by Marc Palmieri ROGUES’ GALLERY by John Patrick Shanley
“WAITING FOR THE HOST…allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, and a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining. The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.” —BroadwayWorld.com. “Call it a play within a play within a crisis… The play authentically flaunts all the glories and pitfalls of a typical online group session.” —Star-Ledger (NJ). “…a pair of short plays inspired directly by the restrictions on American life created by Covid-19 [that] have a sweetness and self-consciousness tied to the earnestness of the characters facing the awkward mechanics of Zoom life… They provide a quiet affirmation of the power of community and an exploration of faith.” —Syracuse.com.
DPS is proud to announce TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: Plays for Online Theatre a collection of new short plays curated specifically for digital productions
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: PLAYS FOR ONLINE THEATRE taps into the delights and frustrations of staying connected. This collection of socially distant shorts is designed to be performed on the internet as well as the stage. More titles and authors to be announced.
SIX YEARS OLD by Sam Silbiger
Adalaide is six years old, and she knows a few things: Her stupid babysitter Kim is stupid, her younger brother Dewey is a naked mole rat, and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Though Kim takes Adalaide’s frustrations seriously and tries to offer support, Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero, Han Solo). SIX YEARS OLD is a comic and poignant play reflecting back on the wild fantasies and serious desires of queer childhood.
SCISSORING by Christina Quintana
When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, Abigail receives guidance from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok. Through it all, Abigail must find the courage to be unabashedly herself.
OPEN by Crystal Skillman
OPEN is a magic act that reveals itself to be a resurrection. A woman called the Magician presents a myriad of tricks for our entertainment, yet her performance seems to be attempting the impossible—to save the life of her partner, Jenny. But is our faith in her illusions enough to rewrite the past? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and, as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate.
LONELY PLANET by Steven Dietz
Jody is in his forties and runs a map store. Not one for the outside world, he stays in his store all the time. His friend, Carl is in his late thirties and has been bringing chairs of dead friends into Jody’s store and leaving them there. When Jody needs to take an AIDS test, Carl tries to convince him it is not only okay to leave the store but also that he must take responsibility for his life. If he doesn’t, he will join the set of chairs that Carl has taken great pains to place in the right spots around the store. Through their interaction, the two realize how grateful they are to have such a strong lasting friendship. Jody finally leaves the map store to take his HIV test and returns to find Carl sitting in a chair of his own. With this gesture, we know that Carl has joined the many of their friends who have died, but now Jody must take Carl’s place as the caretaker.
THE INHERITANCE by Matthew Lopez
Decades after the AIDS epidemic, three generations of gay men grapple with the tragedy of their past and what it means for their future. Eric is a New York City lawyer trying to keep his family’s apartment; his husband, Toby, is a successful but abrasive writer, living in a state of denial. And their marriage is hanging by a thread. From there, a web of hilarious and heartbreaking stories unfolds, remembering the dead and calling on the living to keep looking forward. Inspired by E.M. Forster’s Howards End, THE INHERITANCE is an epic examination of survival, healing, class divide, and what it means to call a place home. [14 men, 1 woman] *Forthcoming Acting Edition, Fall 2020. Available now for licensing.
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.