Table of Contents
Introduction: Why You Need This Book
Chapter 1: Organizing a Theater Company
Chapter 2: Your Performance Space
Chapter 3: Licensing Plays
Chapter 4: Producing Original Plays
Chapter 5: Commissions and Company-Generated Works
Chapter 6: Financing Commercial Theater in a Limited Partnership
Chapter 7: Managing the Nonprofit Theater Company
Chapter 8: Joint Ventures
Chapter 9: Box Office Management
Chapter 10: Artistic Staff
Chapter 11: Safety
Chapter 12: Taxes
Chapter 13: Wrapping Up
Appendix A: Play Licensors
Appendix B: Dramatists Guild
Appendix C: Collective Bargaining Agents

Selected Works

Comprehensive, ready to use collection of 33 model business and legal forms for the performing arts, with accompanying CD-ROM. Expanded contents include many hard to find contracts.
The first legal survival kit for anyone in the business of presenting live entertainment.
Farce - Two Acts Single set 5 males, 3 females Performance time: 110 minutes (not counting intermission)
Semi fictitious drama based on the 1958 fire at the Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic School on the west side of Chicago, in which 92 children and three nuns died.

The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide

The Professionals say:
"Written by a lawyer for non lawyers. A great addition to any producer's bookshelf."
Ken Davenport, Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer

“An entertaining, easy to read, practical resource for anyone interested in the art and craft of play production.”
--Dennis Zacek, artistic director,
Victory Gardens Theater

“This is a very useful compendium of essentials, from the mundane to some very particular and hard to find information. To find a straightforward, factual, but also somewhat humorous collection of facts and practices in this business is refreshing and unusual. This is destined to become a textbook that gets dog-eared from constant reference.”
--Tony Foreman, managing director,
Madison Repertory Theatre

“A concise, informative, and well organized introduction to basic legal and industry issues, presented in a reader friendly style. While particularly recommended for aspiring producers, it is a handy reference tool for the more seasoned theater veteran, as well.”
--Robert C. Harris, senior partner,
Lazarus & Harris, LLP, and adjunct professor of entertainment law, Hofstra University School of Law

The Reviewers say:
“Fills a hole in theater literature...Highly recommended. ”
--Library Journal

“Almost every paragraph offers insight that a would-be producer will need or use…A world of information here.”

“A highly comprehensive and easily accessible guide to the legal aspects of doing business as a theatre…Required reading.”
--KC Stage Online

“It should help you reduce legal fees by using your own attorney more effectively.”
--Stage Directions