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Dramatists Play Service We publish and license the performance rights more than 4,000 plays and musicals. Since 1936.
For over eighty years Dramatists Play Service, Inc. has provided the finest plays by both established writers and new playwrights of exceptional promise. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. has grown steadily to become one of the premier play-licensing agencies in the English-speaking theatre. Offering an extensive list of titles, including a preponderance of the most significant American plays of the past half-century, Dramatists Play Service, Inc. works with thousands of theatres and supports the theatre's vital position in contemporary life.

At DPS, we celebrate the FIFTH of July as a national holiday. 🎆🇺🇸Pioneering playwright Lanford Wilson's FIFTH O...
07/06/2019

At DPS, we celebrate the FIFTH of July as a national holiday. 🎆🇺🇸

Pioneering playwright Lanford Wilson's FIFTH OF JULY follows Ken, a Vietnam vet, and his horticulturist lover, Jed, as college friends and removed family descend on their bucolic farmhouse—each searching for a space to finally call their own in a world indifferent to the lives they've led trying to change it.

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSFifthOfJuly

In Washington D.C., powerful friends are the only kind worth having. THE PARISIAN WOMAN follows Chloe, a socialite armed...
07/03/2019

In Washington D.C., powerful friends are the only kind worth having.

THE PARISIAN WOMAN follows Chloe, a socialite armed with charm and wit as she comes to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at a pivotal moment in Chloe’s life, and our nation’s, when the truth is unclear and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSTheParisianWoman

#NowAvailableTHE SQUIRRELSby Robert AskinsTHE STORY: Scurius, the patriarch of a family of gray squirrels, has collected...
07/03/2019

#NowAvailable

THE SQUIRRELS
by Robert Askins

THE STORY: Scurius, the patriarch of a family of gray squirrels, has collected enough nuts to last ten winters. When a group of starving fox squirrels begs him to share his hoard of food, animosity erupts into a ferocious war. THE SQUIRRELS is a boundary-pushing, darkly satirical look at wealth inequality in which no creature comes out unscathed.

Full Length, Satire
5 men, 4 women


available here → bit.ly/DPSTheSquirrels

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG arrives in Los Angeles.  Performances of the hit comedy will start July 9 at the  Ahmanson Thea...
07/02/2019
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Begins Performances at the Ahmanson July 9th

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG arrives in Los Angeles. Performances of the hit comedy will start July 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The national tour of The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will begin performances at the Ahmanson Theatre on July 9 with the opening set for Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. Performances will continue through August 11, 2019.

#NowAvailableTHE NAPby Richard BeanTHE STORY: Dylan Spokes is a fast-rising, and highly principled, star in the world of...
07/02/2019

#NowAvailable

THE NAP
by Richard Bean

THE STORY: Dylan Spokes is a fast-rising, and highly principled, star in the world of snooker. When the authorities warn him about the consequences of match-fixing, he vows he would never compromise his values for an unearned win or loss. Suddenly, Dylan is thrust into a mysterious gambling ring by a colorful cast of delinquents, including a renowned gangster, his quick-tongued manager, and his own less ethically concerned family. Events spiral until Dylan is forced to negotiate his principles and his loyalty in the middle of the championship tournament. Full of twists, turns, and hilarious misunderstandings, THE NAP is a rollicking trip through the underground world of snooker.

Full Length, Comedy
7 men, 3 women


available here → bit.ly/DPSTheNap

Kaufman and Hart's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU will open July 12 at Artisan Center ...
07/02/2019
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Opening At Artisan Center Theater

Kaufman and Hart's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU will open July 12 at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, Texas and runs through August 17.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, July 12, 2019 and runs through Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Today's Featured Play:THE EXPLORERS CLUBby Nell BenjaminLondon, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their...
07/02/2019
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Today's Featured Play:

THE EXPLORERS CLUB
by Nell Benjamin

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship. (9M, 2W)

"You don't have to be British to lose your composure and howl with laughter at THE EXPLORERS CLUB a witty spoof of all those bold Victorian adventurers who ravaged foreign lands and annihilated indigenous cultures in the name of science." —Variety

"[T]he title location is where Victorian men of science ponder the mysteries of nature while genteelly getting blotto…But the most impressive act of mixology belongs to playwright Nell Benjamin, whose comedy recipe goes a little like this: two parts Blackadder, one part Monty Python, a dash of Shaw, shake wildly and garnish with fresh feminist ire." —Time Out NY

Who controls the elected official controls the office. 👩🏻⚖️For Polly Noonan, New York State Democratic operati...
07/01/2019

Who controls the elected official controls the office. 👩🏻⚖️

For Polly Noonan, New York State Democratic operative, there’s no fine line between the political and personal: It’s only personal. Especially now that her hero, “mayor for life” Erastus Corning, is in a pitched battle for control of the Albany Democratic Party. THE TRUE explores the bounds of love, loyalty, and female power in the male-dominated world of 1977 machine politics.

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSTheTrue

"From the Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar award winning author of DOUBT: A PARABLE and MOONSTRUCK, John Patrick Shanley, comes ...
07/01/2019
BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Berkshire Theatre Group Charms Audiences with a Delightful and Refreshing Evening's Entertainment.

"From the Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar award winning author of DOUBT: A PARABLE and MOONSTRUCK, John Patrick Shanley, comes this romantic comedy set in rural Ireland that you've likely never heard of. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is the unlikely story of Anthony and Rosemary, two middle-aged farmers who haven't got a clue when it comes to love. As Anthony struggles to prove his worth to his aging father, Rosemary copes with her aging mother and grief at the recent loss of her father. With time slipping away, these eccentric souls will need to overcome a bitter land feud, family rivalries and their own romantic fears in order to find happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny, and ultimately wonderful. This tenderhearted story reminds us that it's never too late to take a chance on love."

- BroadwayWorld

In a time when most of us are tied to and dependent on electronic devices, and we are bombarded by messages, tweets, compressed news cycles, and Fear Of Missing Out, it is rare that we have an opportunity to step-back, disconnect, decompress, and focus simply on the people and things that really mat...

The recent West End revival of Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL is coming to Broadway! The production stars Tom Hiddleston, Char...
07/01/2019
Tom Hiddleston to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘Betrayal’

The recent West End revival of Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL is coming to Broadway! The production stars Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton.

Jamie Lloyd’s production of Harold Pinter’s romantic triangle is transferring this fall after a sold-out London run.

“Stabbings are very popular...” 🔪Marcus Sharp is a charismatic, enigmatic New York actor whose obsessions with a ...
06/28/2019

“Stabbings are very popular...” 🔪

Marcus Sharp is a charismatic, enigmatic New York actor whose obsessions with a wealthy doctor, Jason, and the myth of Medea lead to a horrific and unspeakable series of events. Ancient and contemporary, this provocative mono-thriller is Grand Guignol horror in the style of Spalding Gray.

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSAnotherMedea

Today's Featured Play:GUARDS AT THE TAJby Rajiv JosephIn 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the su...
06/27/2019
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Today's Featured Play:

GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by Rajiv Joseph

In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal—an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concepts of friendship, beauty, and duty, and changes them forever.

“Absorbing…GUARDS AT THE TAJ raises potent questions about the human price paid throughout history for the caprices of the mighty, even when they result in architectural wonders that ultimately give pleasure to the masses.” —The New York Times

“In his strikingly original drama GUARDS AT THE TAJ, Rajiv Joseph entrusts the romantic legend of the Taj Mahal to two lowly palace guards. Meanwhile, the playwright’s amusingly anachronistic idiom…keeps us entertained—and totally unprepared for some shocking plot turns.” —The New Yorker

#NowAvailableLITTLE WOMENby Kate Hamilla dapted from the novel by Louisa May AlcottTHE STORY: Jo March isn’t your typi...
06/27/2019

#NowAvailable

LITTLE WOMEN
by Kate Hamill

a dapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott

THE STORY: Jo March isn’t your typical Victorian lady. She’s indecorous and headstrong, and one day she’s going to be a great American novelist. As she and her sisters grow up in the middle of the Civil War, they strive to be brave, intelligent, and imaginative young women. But as adulthood approaches, each sister must negotiate her private ambitions with society’s expectations. In a war-torn world defined by gender, class, and personal tragedy, Jo March gives us her greatest story: that of the March sisters, four dreamers destined to be imperfect little women.

Full Length, Drama
3 men, 6 women



available here → bit.ly/DPSLittleWomen

The The Den Theatre in Chicago has extended its run of Joel Drake Johnson's FOUR PLACES through July 7.
06/27/2019
The Den Theatre's FOUR PLACES Extends Through July 7

The The Den Theatre in Chicago has extended its run of Joel Drake Johnson's FOUR PLACES through July 7.

Due to popular demand, The Den Theatre announces its hit revival of Joel Drake Johnson's true-to-life drama FOUR PLACES, directed by ensemble member Lia Mortensen, will extend through Sunday, July 7

Today in DPS Theater History:1888 - Actor and director Antoinette Perry is born in Denver. She goes on to found the Amer...
06/27/2019
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 27 | Playbill

Today in DPS Theater History:

1888 - Actor and director Antoinette Perry is born in Denver. She goes on to found the American Theatre Wing, which sponsors an annual award in her honor, which become known as the Tony Awards. DPS playwrights have won 35 Tonys for Best New Play.

1993 - Terrence McNally's A PERFECT GANESH opens Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Zoe Caldwell and Frances Sternhagen.

1999 - Al Pacino brings his Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's HUGHIE to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He directs and stars in the production.

In 1994, Vanessa Williams makes her Broadway debut in Kiss of the Spider Woman.

On a Mississippi plantation, Maggie the Cat, her impotent husband Brick, and their tempestuous family "celebrate" the si...
06/26/2019

On a Mississippi plantation, Maggie the Cat, her impotent husband Brick, and their tempestuous family "celebrate" the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, patriarch and the "Delta's biggest cotton planter." In one of the greatest American dramas, whose characters have become legend, their schemes, greed, and secrets make for one very interesting birthday. 🎂

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSCatOnAHotTinRoof

"DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller, is the American HAMLET for actors of a certain a...
06/26/2019
BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Ruskin Group Theatre

"DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller, is the American HAMLET for actors of a certain age. Its protagonist is a complex, frighteningly bare role, that provides an acting challenge relished by the greats. Rob Morrow, best known for Robert Redford's QUIZ SHOW and the quirky TV dramedy NORTHERN EXPOSURE, pulls off the tricky role by adding an impish quality to the crumbling man, bringing a fresh light to the production at Ruskin Group Theatre." - Boadway World

DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller, is the American Hamlet for actors of a certain age. Its protagonist is a complex, frighteningly bare role, that provides an acting challenge relished by the greats. Rob Morrow, best known for Robert Redford's QUIZ SHOW and the qu...

WRONG is right in Des Moines!  The production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG got this terrific review from Broadway World.
06/26/2019
BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Des Moines Performing Arts, An Evening of Theatre That Goes Right!

WRONG is right in Des Moines! The production of THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG got this terrific review from Broadway World.

If you are coming to read a review of The Cornley University Drama Society production for The Murder at Haversham Manor,' this is the wrong review. If you've heard of this theatre company, then it is probably because you've seen a show called, 'The Play That Goes Wrong,' which is playing at the Civi...

Lillian Hellman's classic THE LITTLE FOXES is coming to the Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, New York, running from July 12 t...
06/26/2019
THE LITTLE FOXES Opens at Elmwood Playhouse

Lillian Hellman's classic THE LITTLE FOXES is coming to the Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, New York, running from July 12 to August 3.

Elmwood Playhouse of Nyack NY will be presenting The Little Foxes', written by Lillian Hellman and directed by Alan Demovsky. 'Little Foxes' runs Friday, July 12th thru Saturday, August 3rd Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm with an additional Thursday performance on Thursday, August 1st a...

Today's Featured Play:DRAW THE CIRCLE by Mashuq Mushtaq DeenThe hilarious and deeply moving story of conservative Muslim...
06/26/2019
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Today's Featured Play:

DRAW THE CIRCLE
by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen

The hilarious and deeply moving story of conservative Muslim mother at her wits’ end, a Muslim father who likes to tell jokes, and a queer American woman trying to make a good impression on her Indian in-laws. In a story about family and love and the things we do to be together, one immigrant family must come to terms with a child who defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter…and one woman will redefine the limits of unconditional love. This unique play compassionately brings to life the often ignored struggle that a family goes through when their child transitions from one gender to another. (1 trans man or flexible casting)

“[DRAW THE CIRCLE] chronicles, with surprising empathy, not just what it was like to slowly, painfully come to terms with transition, but what it was like for loved ones who shunned everything about it.” —Washington Post

Today in DPS Theater History:1891 - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sidney Howard (YELLOW JACK, DODSWORTH) was born on...
06/26/2019
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 26 | Playbill

Today in DPS Theater History:

1891 - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sidney Howard (YELLOW JACK, DODSWORTH) was born on this date in Oakland, California.

1975 - Arthur Miller's DEATH OF A SALESMAN is revived on Broadway, starring George C. Scott, Teresa Wright, Harvey Keitel, and James Farentino.

2012 - Nora Ephron, the Academy Award-nominated writer of "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle" and the plays LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE and LUCKY GUY, dies at age 71.

Ziegfeld Follies of 1911, featuring songs by Irving Berlin, opens at New York's Jardin de Paris.

MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW, the latest ply from DPS playwright Halley Feiffer, starts performances Off-Br...
06/26/2019
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Begins Off-Broadway | Playbill

MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW, the latest ply from DPS playwright Halley Feiffer, starts performances Off-Broadway tonight at MCC Theater. Break a leg to the cast and crew!

Halley Feiffer's re-imagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters debuts in New York in a production from MCC and Williamstown Theater Festival.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is coming to the Shubert Theater in New Haven and the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut ...
06/25/2019
The Palace and Shubert to Partner in Presenting THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is coming to the Shubert Theater in New Haven and the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut in November.

A new model for working jointly to present week-long engagements of touring Broadway shows is being explored this season by the Shubert Theater in New Haven and the Palace Theater in Waterbury.

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH got this rave review in this production at the Street Theatre Company in Nashville, where it r...
06/25/2019
BWW Review: Holliday, Rankin Shine in Street Theatre Company's HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH got this rave review in this production at the Street Theatre Company in Nashville, where it runs through July 5.

Blake Holliday's jaw-dropping performance as international song stylist Hedwig Schmidt is reason enough to book your tickets as soon as possible to witness the actor's transformation in a 90+ minute production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch now ensconced at Nashville's Street Theatre Company through J...

Today in DPS Theater History:1991 - Terrence McNally's LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART opens Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatr...
06/25/2019
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: June 25 | Playbill

Today in DPS Theater History:

1991 - Terrence McNally's LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART opens Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Nathan Lane and Swoosie Kurtz, and Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald.

1998 - Warren Leight's play SIDE MAN opens Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company as a last minute replacement production. Later the play transfers to Broadway, starring Christian Slater and Frank Wood, and wins the Tony Award for Best Play.

In 2013, the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens in London.

Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando has announced their 2019-2020 season will include productions of Kate Hamill's adaptation of ...
06/25/2019

Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando has announced their 2019-2020 season will include productions of Kate Hamill's adaptation of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Jaclyn Backhaus' MEN ON BOATS, Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS, Lynn Nottage's INTIMATE APPAREL, Arlene Hutton's LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC and Lucy Kirkwood's THE CHILDREN!

And it's official! We have announced our Season 23! Which show are you most excited for?

A trip of a lifetime. 🗺   When Anna is diagnosed with fatal Acquired Toilet Disease, she flees to Europe with her bro...
06/24/2019

A trip of a lifetime. 🗺

When Anna is diagnosed with fatal Acquired Toilet Disease, she flees to Europe with her brother Carl. As Anna drowns herself in food and sex, Carl becomes involved in an espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister.

Available for purchase, here: bit.ly/DPSTheBaltimoreWaltz

06/24/2019

From the review of Paula Vogel's INDECENT from Max and Louie Productions in St. Louis:

"INDECENT is a complex play for intelligent audiences, dense and powerful. It is political in nature as it tackles issues of race, gender, homophobia, anti-Semitism, censorship, and forbidden attraction. It celebrates the power of art and love. And it is a drama lover's delight, with serious and funny undercurrents, tender moments, dramatic silences and powerful monologues." - BroadwayWorld

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