VIRTUAL: Writing a Play or Musical on a Real Person

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


Forums of entertainment are often times wonderful ways to learn about the fascinating lives of real people all throughout history. In the event that you are creating a play or musical based on the life of a real person, have you ever wondered how to get permission before proceeding? Join the Dramatists Guild exploring business and craft, such as basic concepts of Right to Publicity, Right to Privacy, and relationship between the subject and their public image in commercial use.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Writing_a_Play_or_Musical_on_a_Real_Person_-_Final.pdf



Jessica (she/her) serves as the director of business affairs for the Dramatists Guild. In addition, Jessica has her own solo law practice, The Lit Esquire PLLC, aimed at educating artists of all disciplines about their legal rights to empower them to take control of their careers.

Doug Wright won a Pulitzer and a Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Broadway musicals include War Paint, Hands on a Hardbody, The Little Mermaid, and Grey Gardens. Films include Quills, an adaptation of his Obie-winning play. Television credits include Tony Bennett's 80th Birthday Special.

Dolores Díaz is a Chicago-based Chicana playwright from the US-Mexico divide that has produced work with various companies including Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theater, and Stage Left Theatre. She is a Dramatist Guild representative of the Chicago region and a resident artist at Chicago Dramatists.

Robert Maesaka is a St. Louis-based playwright whose work has been performed at Mustard Seed Theatre (White to Gray), the University of South Carolina-Upstate (White to Gray), St. Louis Shakespeare’s Confluence New Play Festival (Tolstoy’s Resurrection), and the Every 28 Hour Play Festival.

Roger Q. Mason (they/them) was recently touted by the Brooklyn Rail as "quickly becoming one of the most significant playwrights of the decade." Their playwriting has been seen on Broadway (Circle in the Square Reading Series), off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, and regionally. Insta: @rogerq.mason


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center