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American Drama Publishers

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM
Play publishers in the United States have a long and proud tradition of releasing straight dramas, comedies and tragedies, both established standards and new works. The triumvirate of theatrical presses include:
  • Samuel French (since 1830)
  • Dramatic Publishing Company (since 1885)
  • Dramatists Play Service (since 1936)

Young American entrepreneur Samuel French founded his publishing company in New York and soon partnered with Thomas Lacy in London to create a joint, international venture which he eventually gained sole control over upon Lacy’s death. DPC was founded in Chicago by a theatre-loving journalist, whose family’s fealty has carried on his tradition ever since. DPS was formed in New York by prominent playwrights and theatrical agents, and is renowned for publishing many Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners. Other general trade publishers such as Random House also release highly popular and successful plays in mass market paperback editions. Penguin’s imprint Signet Classics releases numerous titles from the 16th-20th Centuries.

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