Beige Lantern wrote:Oh wow, they're way more open about it than I assumed they'd be. I wanted to adapt the Sandman story about the Emperor of America for a One Act Play competition and since I couldn't reach anyone at DC, went with something else.
Of course, even if we were safe from a lawsuit the competition rules stated the play had to be licensed. And since my kids were good and likely to do well, some other coach would have eventually challenged it and my team would be disqualified.
I'm jealous, is what I'm getting at.
No need to be jealous friend.
Dealing with licensed stuff can definitely be tricky. And sadly, so many opportunities are NOT open to you when you do. So it really takes a HARD-HEADED or CRAZY person (like me) to say "I'm going spend all this money and time to do a full stage play that features this licensed character... BUT... in order to not get sued, I'm NOT going to charge any admission to see it, and I'm NOT going to make any money off of it of ANY kind. I'm just going to make it as a FAN just so that I can see it produced and enjoy it." LOL!
But I am intrigued by YOUR situation. It sounds similar to mine. Am I to understand that you are a drama teacher that was hoping to do a stage production with your students based on comic book property????
Gosh! I thought I was the only one!!!
Well... I certainly Hope that you are one day re-inspired to revisit you Sandman play concept (perhaps independently), because I think it could be REALLY awesome for it to become a reality! I wish you all the encouragement in the world because doing something like this (even on a small scale) is a pretty massive undertaking.
Over the years while preparing this production, I ran into SEVERAL un.licenced DC Comics-themed stage productions that arguably did not follow the Warners/DC fan works guidelines (charged admission to the show, and / or presented the characters engaging in "inappropriate activity") and yet they somehow got away with it!
Puzzles me to this day.