What is DramaDirectory?
is Sweden's largest Internet based play collection and contains in excess
of 890 plays from over 410 playwrights and translators. DramaDirectory
exists under the auspices of Sveriges Dramatikerförbund (The Swedish
Playwrights Union). DramaDirectory functions as a link between playwrights,
publisher/agents, theatre groups and theatres. The website also contains
Swedish translations of foreign work.
How Does DramaDirectory Operate?
The user can both look for plays in the play library, and read about
playwrights and their work under Playwright/Translator. He/she can also
find agents, publishers and other information pertaining to the theatre
world. Searches in the play library can utilize a variety of criteria;
titles, authors, languages available, number of actors or genre. Once
you have located the play you can read a synopsis. If you desire then
to read the whole play, there are two possibilities to do so. You can
either download the entire play text, or you can order a print-on-demand
paperback version. A large number of translations of Swedish plays are
available on the site. However, not all the translations are accessible
as print-on-demand paperback versions.
Reading Plays Directly on the Screen
Theatres and theatre professionals are eligible to apply for an access
code. With this access code they are able to read entire play scripts
directly on their screens, or print them out themselves. Each time a
play is downloaded, the user is registered and this information is sent
to the playwright and the agent/publisher. Thus, the playwrights and
their agents can see who is showing interest in their work.
All work included in the play library is protected by laws governing
copyright. Permission from the playwright is mandatory before performing
any of the plays represented on the site. Permission can be granted
by the playwright him/herself or through his/her publisher/agent. In
the case of translation, permission must be granted both by the original
playwright and by the translator or the publisher/agent. Contact information
is found on www.dramadirectory.com.