Frequently asked questions
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How many characters are in your scripts?
Each script has an extremely flexible cast size. All scripts include a minimum of 30 speaking roles with a maximum of 60-100 speaking roles. You can combine and split characters in order to create the exact number of speaking roles you need.
How do I know which character's lines to combine for smaller sized casts?
If you need a smaller cast size you can accomplish it two ways.
The first option is by combining characters. When you combine two characters (example: Guard 1 and Guard 2) it means that one actor will say the lines for both roles and in your script and program you will merge the characters' names (example: Guard 1 and Guard 2 will simply be called Guard).
The second option involves using a method that is often called Doubling. Doubling means having a single actor play more than one part within the show (example: Billy will play the roles of Mouse and Village Kid).
Although you're welcome to combine and double however you choose, each script will include an easy to follow layout of which characters are recommended for combining and doubling. Note that not all characters can be combined and doubled due to the times they are on stage or their interactions with one another in the show.
What if I need more characters with speaking lines than what is written?
Most of our scripts are written with 60-100 speaking roles already. If you need to increase the number of speaking roles in the production you can do so by taking a character and dividing up it's lines to create two separate characters.
Your script will come with recommendations on the best characters to split if needed.
What parts of my licensed script am I allowed to change?
P4LC contracts grant you permission to lightly edit scripts to fit your needs. Light edits refer to any change within a script that will not alter the overall message of the production, leave out significant portions of the production or add significant portions. Things that are allowed to be altered under your contract include;
-changing character genders
-combining characters and giving them new names
-splitting characters and adding names for the new character(s) created
-replacing tricky words or vocabulary not suited for the age of your actors with similar words
-adding an occasional line if it does not change the overall story of the script
Do I have to acknowledge P4LC when I advertise my play?
Yes. As part of your contract you're required to give acknowledgment to P4LC on any posters, programs and/or large flyers you create for the show. You are not required to meet any type size regulations as long as the text is readable and easy to find. (We generally recommend putting the following disclaimer at the bottom of your program or poster.)
How much does it cost to license a script?
Currently, all of our scripts can be licensed for a fee of $65 per performance. (Musical scripts - once available - will have a higher licensing fee.) Fees include free use of the P4LC logos associated with the script as well as digitally downloadable accompaniment and sound effects (when indicated).
Do I have to license a script each time I produce it?
Yes. Every time there is a performance of a P4LC script, no matter who the performance is presented for, the license fee for that show must be paid. We do our best to keep fees low so every organization can afford them. P4LC is a small company and integrity is important to us. Also, stealing is mean. Please don't do it.
Does it cost anything to see a perusal?
Perusals can be purchased for $5 each. You can also read lengthy excerpts of any script for free through our website.
You don't have the show I want, can you write it for me?
Maybe! Send us an e-mail with the show title you would like to perform, if the story is in the public domain and we feel we can have it done in time for your auditions, we'd love to create it for you.
I'm new to theater and have lots of questions, can you help with that?
Always! Each time you license one of our shows we'll give you PDFs with advice for creating the best possible production. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to ask, we may take a little while to respond to your e-mail but we never charge for advice. We think theater education is always a good thing and are happy to help any way we can.