Help / FAQ

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions, where you will find answers to most of the questions you'll typically have about ordering and our website.  Still can't find the answer?  Email us, and we'll be happy to help!

  1. How do I order a play?
  2. I'm interested in a play, but I don't know if I want to produce it at this time. What do I do?
  3. I could use some help choosing plays that will fit my needs. Can you help me?
  4. If you're sending me an electronic copy, why do you need a street address and a phone number?
  5. May we record our production?
  6. Our organization needs your W-9 form before we can go ahead with our order. Can you send it to us?
  7. Do you have a play catalogue?
  8. Do I have to pay for scripts for my production?
  9. Can I get a printable digital copy of a play?
  10. Do you sell hard copy (printed) acting editions of your scripts?
  11. Am I allowed to use one of your free monologues in competition?
  12. I'm ready to make a purchase. What are my payment options?
  13. How long does it take to receive plays once I place my order?
  14. I am outside the United States. Can I still place an order?
  15. I placed an order for digital scripts and it's been more than 24 hours, but they haven't arrived. What do I do?
  16. Can I have a play physically mailed to me?
  17. How many performances do I need to order? What constitutes a performance?
  18. Why is paying royalties so important?
  19. Can I change my performance dates once I've paid royalties?
  20. I've already paid royalties for one or more performances. I'd like to license additional performances. What's the best way to do that?
  21. Can I make changes to a play?
  22. We've had to cancel our production. What is your refund policy?
  23. I'd like to use a cutting from a play (a scene or monologue) for a Thespian Individual Event or similar competition.
  24. What if I want to use a play for speech or forensics competition?
  25. I want to use a play in the classroom, but I don't want to stage a production at this time.
  26. Do you offer any play anthologies?
  27. Do you send out printed catalogues?
  28. Do you accept play submissions? If so, how do I submit?
  29. Do your plays have ISBN numbers?

 

Q1 How do I order a play?

Simple. Browse the site using the Plays & Musicals pulldown link, or search using either the basic search on the front page or the detailed search. Once something catches your eye, go to that play's special page. You'll see a list of things you can order, with a question mark alongside each item. Float your cursor over the question mark for more information about each item.

Typically the best way to start is with a perusal copy (either a digital one or, when available, a printed acting edition). From there, once you're sure the play is for you, you'll order performance rights and either a Production Photocopy License (which allows you to make unlimited copies of a digital script for your production) and/or enough hard copies for your cast and crew (when available). Just want to use the play in your classroom with no public performance? Order a Classroom Photocopy License. Add whatever you need to your shopping cart, and then you can either checkout or continue shopping. Once you finalize your order at checkout, you will receive an invoice/receipt in your email (you can also print one through the site if you misplace the email). Some orders (e.g. digital perusal scripts)
 are auto-approved, while others are reviewed and approved manually, at which point digital scripts and performance licenses (where applicable) go out through our automated system. Hard copies will be physically shipped (you'll still get an email with a performance license when applicable). Professional theatres should email us directly at info@youthplays.com to license performance rights.


Q2 I'm interested in a play, but I don't know if I want to produce it at this time. What do I do?

We recommend that you order a digital or printed (if available) perusal copy first. One may print a single copy of a digital script for evaluation purposes. Once you've read the play, if you decide you'd like to produce it, return to our website and pay royalties for the number of performances you'd like to stage and purchase either a photocopy license (comes with a PDF and permission to make copies), printed scripts (enough for your cast and crew), or some combination of the two.


Q3 I could use some help choosing plays that will fit my needs. Can you help me?

Absolutely. Click on the Help Me Find a Play tab on the front page and fill out as much info as you can. Alternatively, you can email us at info@youthplays.com (again, please include as much information as you can), or call us at 424-703-5315 Monday through Friday between 10 AM-6 PM (Pacific time).


Q4 If you're sending me an electronic copy, why do you need a street address and a phone number?

Even if we're not mailing something to you, we need it as part of our efforts to safeguard our authors' intellectual property and verify where (and to whom) their material is being sent. Please be sure to review your information carefully, as any errors (e.g. missing digits or a misspelled email address) can hold up processing of your order. While we understand that typos happen, deliberately providing false information in an attempt to gain access to copyrighted material is fraud.


Q5 May we record our production?

Many of our plays have a Video License available for purchase. If a Video License is available for the play you wish to produce, purchasing this license allows you to make a recording of your production and to give away or sell up to 100 DVD copies or digital downloads for personal use to your cast, crew, their families, etc. You may not broadcast or screen any or all of your recording for a live audience, via television, or distribute it via YouTube, Facebook or any other social networking or internet website without prior permission. The one exception is local access cable, for which one additional Video License must be purchased for each airing of the play in whole or in part. Absolutely no recording of any plays may be made without the purchase of a Video License.


Q6 Our organization needs your W-9 form before we can go ahead with our order. Can you send it to us?

We have a W-9 ready to send you in PDF form. Please email us at info@youthplays.com and we'll get it to you right away.


Q7 Do you have a play catalogue?

Yes, we do. If you pull down the Plays & Musicals menu, you'll see the Download Our Catalogue option, which will allow you to download the catalogue in PDF format. We update it on a regular basis, but be aware that the website Browse Our Plays will always have the absolute latest listings.


Q8 Do I have to pay for scripts for my production?

You have a choice of either purchasing a sufficient number of hard copy scripts (when available) for your cast and crew, or a Production Photocopy License, which comes with a PDF file and permission to make as many copies as you need for your production.


Q9 Can I get a printable digital copy of a play?

Absolutely. Just select the play you'd like to order and then add the Digital Perusal Script to your shopping cart. Please keep in mind that these are for perusal/individual use only and may not be copied for classroom or production use. To use a play in performance or the classroom, please purchase Performance Royalties and a Production Photocopy License, or a Classroom Photocopy License, respectively.


Q10 Do you sell hard copy (printed) acting editions of your scripts?

Most of our plays are available as printed acting editions, in addition to digitally. And our printed acted editions have a special feature that you can't find anywhere else: a mini-interview with the play's author that will give you insights about the play and the playwright. If a play is available in printed form, you'll see "printed script" listed as one of the items available for sale on the play's individual page. You can order a single perusal copy or enough copies for your entire cast and crew or your classroom. Want to order a Production Photocopy License (which allows for unlimited copying of a digital script for your production) or a Classroom Photocopy License (unlimited copying for closed classroom use) but still want a few hard copies? You can do that too.


Q11 Am I allowed to use one of your free monologues in competition?

Those wishing to use any of our monologues in Thespian IEs, forensics or similar adjudicated competitions automatically have permission to do so with the purchase of a copy of the play from which it comes (in printed or digital form).


Q12 I'm ready to make a purchase. What are my payment options?

Please select the materials you need by going to the individual page of each play (or book) you'd like to order. When you're ready for checkout, you'll be asked to log into your account or to create a new one. You'll choose a shipping option (if you have ordered scripts or books that need to be physically shipped) and then will be asked to review and accept our Royalty Statement.

Individuals or organizations outside of the United States will then have a choice of paying either by check or credit/debit card (through our secure credit/debit card interface or PayPal). Organizations in the United States may also use a purchase order. If you select purchase order, you will be prompted for a purchase order number and then will receive instructions on the next screen to print an invoice for your business office.

Credit/debit, PayPal and purchase order payments are processed right away, whereas payments by check must be received before orders will be processed.

Keep in mind that all checks must be in US dollars, and orders paid by check may be held until the funds clear. To expedite this process, we recommend obtaining a bank/cashier's check or a money order. Once we receive your payment, we'll authorize the order, and your materials will be on their way shortly. Just let us know how we can help!


Q13 How long does it take to receive plays once I place my order?

Digital perusal scripts (either ordered on their own or with printed scripts) paid by credit/debit or PayPal are automatically emailed.

Other orders are processed as quickly as possible (within 24 hours), but please note that they are reviewed by a human first. Don't see your email? Just log into the website (using the email address and password you created when you registered) and click on My Orders under the Customer Menu on the left. Click on the order number of any approved order to download your script files or performance license(s), and to print an invoice (though again, you should automatically receive an invoice in your email when you complete an order). If you choose to pay by check, your order will not ship until we receive your payment.

For those ordering printed scripts, standard shipping typically takes 6 to 10 business days within the US. For those ordering outside of the US and Canada, be advised that standard shipping can take some weeks, and we recommend using expedited or priority shipping instead. If time is an issue, we highly recommend ordering digital scripts.


Q14 I am outside the United States. Can I still place an order?

Absolutely! Many of our customers are in Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and even in Africa and Asia. For customers outside the US and Canada, though, we recommend ordering electronic scripts, or priority delivery of your printed scripts, as standard international shipping can take a number of weeks.


Q15 I placed an order for digital scripts and it's been more than 24 hours, but they haven't arrived. What do I do?

If you ordered only digital perusal scripts and you paid with credit/debit/PayPal, the digital portion of your order should have auto-sent. Other digital orders should be processed within one business day. First, check your spam filter, and be sure to add info@youthplays.com to your whitelist so that mail from us gets through to you. Also, please make sure you are able to receive attachments--some systems, particularly school or government email addresses, may block them, sometimes even before they reach your spam filter at all. But if your email isn't cooperating, have no fear. Just log into the website (using your email address with which you signed up and the password you created when ordering) and click on My Orders under the My Account menu. Click on the order number of any approved order to download your script files or performance licenses, and/or to print an invoice.


Q16 Can I have a play physically mailed to me?

Almost all of our plays are available in both digital and printed form. Just visit the play's individual page and look to see if a Printed Script is one of the purchase options. For customers outside of the US and Canada, however, we recommend either digital scripts or priority delivery, as international shipping can take some weeks otherwise and be difficult to track.


Q17 How many performances do I need to order? What constitutes a performance?

You must order one performance royalty for each time the play is produced in the presence of an audience outside of the cast and crew. It doesn't matter whether admission is being charged, whether the actors (or anyone else) are being paid, or whether it's part of a school assembly or other program. Therefore, an "invited" dress rehearsal at which friends, family or staff view the show still counts as one performance.


Q18 Why is paying royalties so important?

Writing plays is an author's job, and royalties are how they get paid for that job. It's no different than in any other job, and playwrights have the same expenses as everyone else: rent, food, medical bills, etc. Being able to earn money through the licensing of their plays allows playwrights to have time to create new work (as a profession and not simply a hobby) for schools and theatres to perform. On a philosophical level, the payment of a royalty is a statement that a play is something of value, and acknowledges the time and effort that went into it. The bottom line: a play is wholly owned by its author(s), and failure to license your performance in advance and pay royalties is copyright infringement, which is against the law both in the United States and abroad.


Q19 Can I change my performance dates once I've paid royalties?

Yes. As long as your original performance dates haven't passed yet, just send an email to info@youthplays.com with the revised dates.


Q20 I've already paid royalties for one or more performances. I'd like to license additional performances. What's the best way to do that?

This is a common occurrence when a group has licensed a play for competition and advances, for example, or when there is stronger than expected demand for tickets. Just go to the play's page and place an order for the additional performances. Easy as pie.


Q21 Can I make changes to a play?

No cuts, additions or changes of any kind may be made to the script (dialogue or stage directions) without prior written permission from YouthPLAYS. Please email us at info@youthplays.com with any questions or requests regarding a particular script. Please be specific. Because we must confirm any requests with the play's author, be sure to contact us sufficiently in advance.


Q22 We've had to cancel our production. What is your refund policy?

Printed and digital scripts and photocopy licenses (as well as textbooks) are non-refundable. In the case of performance royalties, performances are refundable minus a $5 processing fee up to 7 days before the scheduled production date. Performances canceled after that date but no later than the scheduled opening date will receive YouthPLAYS credit. There are no refunds or credits after the scheduled date of the first performance.


Q23 I'd like to use a cutting from a play (a scene or monologue) for a Thespian Individual Event or similar competition.

Royalties are waived for the use of excerpts/cuttings lasting less than ten minutes in Thespian IEs, forensics or similar adjudicated competitions where the plays are not substantially produced (i.e. no sets, lighting, costumes, etc). Each participant is required to purchase through the YouthPLAYS website a digital perusal copy or printed copy of the play from which the monologue or scene comes. Once you have done so, simply print this explanation as permission to perform. Please email us at info@youthplays.com with any specific questions about the usage of materials.


Q24 What if I want to use a play for speech or forensics competition?

Royalties are waived for the use of excerpts/cuttings lasting less than ten minutes in forensics, Thespian IEs or similar adjudicated competitions where the plays are not substantially produced (i.e. no sets, lighting, costumes, etc). Each participant is required to purchase through the YouthPLAYS website a digital perusal copy or printed copy of the play from which the monologue or scene comes. Once you have done so, simply print this explanation as permission to perform. Please email us at info@youthplays.com with any specific questions about the usage of materials.


Q25 I want to use a play in the classroom, but I don't want to stage a production at this time.

If you wish to use a play in the classroom (i.e. your class will be studying it as a group), you may either purchase a classroom set (if hard copies are available) or a Classroom Photocopy License, which includes a PDF file that may be copied to create a classroom set. If you need a limited number of copies for small group work, you may purchase the requisite number of printed or digital copies. Please keep in mind that no scripts may be copied unless you've purchased the Classroom Photocopy License.


Q26 Do you offer any play anthologies?

Yes, we offer a variety of anthologies, including a number of flexible "performable collections" of short plays. The performable collections are designed to be performed in any order, and producers have permission to leave out any plays necessary to fit their needs.


Q27 Do you send out printed catalogues?

To save the environment, we keep our catalogue digital. You can download a PDF version of the catalogue by clicking on the Download Our Catalogue link under Plays & Musicals on the main menu, or if you're having trouble, we'll be happy to email you one. That way, you can print only what you need and protect the planet.


Q28 Do you accept play submissions? If so, how do I submit?

We are always interested in submissions of plays and musicals that are appropriate for young actors/audiences. Please click on the Submit a Play link under Authors on the main menu and read the guidelines carefully.


Q29 Do your plays have ISBN numbers?

Yes, they do. You'll find the ISBN listed on the play's copyright information page.