Bart Ills wrote:
I would like to adapt 200 Motels for a small stage at community theatre. Where and who do I write to for these rights?
If you write a theatrical production based on the film, or the record, you probably only have to pay the copyright for the production ... and once you register your writing, it is an ok fee that goes mostly to the "publisher" and a nickel goes to Gail ... someday in the far, far future!
If you get a band and try to put the music to it ... then it gets tricky, and yeah ... you might have to ask Gail and your whole budget would likely be killed on that call!
I would not, under most circumstances, prevent my kids from putting together a play at the high school or college, of this ... I would consider that an honor, even if I never got paid for it ... in the end, you gain from the purchase and sales of other artist material and music!
I would think this would be fun ... and a cool trip, but if you do not have the money and the chance to get the costumes, or find a way to put an orchestra on stage (I want mannequins!!!!!!), then, the whole thing ... gets way harder! But the rest of the "story" can easily be handled as dream sequences and more strange time warps ... however, getting enough actors and actresses to go around doing this ... is going to be hard ... and you have to do one thing, that is not advised in most theaters across the country ... keep things moving in the background while something else is going on in the foreground ... conventional theater doesn't like to take the attention from the "main focus", but something like this ... has more than one focus, and the whole Keith, Ringo and Frank lookalike thing, is a perfect example ... it's not even story ... it's just filler in between pieces and other bits of the story!
I would like to do this at the Arlene Schintzler Hall in LA, or whatever the name is for that place ... and have a reasonable orchestra in place ... and while it would be nuts, it would NEVER be any weirder than a Sam Sheppard play, or a Peter Brook rendition of the Mahabharatta, or Midsummer Night's Dream ... or some of the far out and weird things that Joe Papp used to do.
But ... I don't know that Gail can see ... this kind of madness, specially in my head ... a director that would like to show Ken Russell that he was wasting his time and place doing crap, when he should have been doing more meaningful stuff ... that was worthy of his hell-raising orgies ... the only one of them worth while seeing being in The Devils!
There are other things worth doing on stage ... that might be easier ... I would imagine that Peter Gabriel would be proud of someone doing "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" ... which is much easier, but would also require some re-writing to fit the stage!