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Frequently Asked Questions About Cuttings / Changes

What is a cutting?

Dramatic Publishing defines a cutting as the removal of entire pages or scenes from the script. The remaining material must be performed in its original order, with no character or gender changes. All cuttings require approval and issuance of a cutting license. Please visit our Cuttings & Special Permissions 101 page for complete details.

Can I make minor changes to the script such as removing bad language, changing genders or changing the setting of the play?

Dramatic Publishing considers these types of changes as special permissions. Any changes to a script require written permission from Dramatic Publishing. Please visit our Cuttings & Special Permissions 101 page for complete details.

How long does the cuttings and special permissions approval process take?

Please submit your request as early as possible. It can take up to eight weeks for some approvals or longer if the request requires the playwright's approval.

My cutting request was approved. How do I bill the production in my promotional materials?

A play approved for cutting must be billed as "scenes from [play] by [playwright]", and credit must be given to the author, dramatizer, lyricist, composer, etc., of the play. Wherever the title of the play appears for purposes of advertising, publicizing, or otherwise promoting the play and/or your production, the name(s) of the author(s) must be at least half the size of the title of the play. The statement "Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois" must appear on all programs and any other promotional material generated for this production. Please also review any special billing requirements that may appear on the Important Billing and Credit Requirements page in the front of the printed playbook.