I know you really don’t need an agent at the beginning. But suppose you’re a “mid career” playwright, you’re getting productions around the world, half a dozen a year, but still not yet enough of a name to be chosen for the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage?
It’s so frustrating to find submission restrictions from theatres that won’t even look at a few pages and a synopsis unless you’re represented by an agent. And since there’s so little money for agents representing playwrights (unless they sell that script to Hollywood) most call ill afford to take on new clients.
I had a wonderful agent back in the days when I was writing spec scripts and going out for meetings. I sold TV scripts, but we parted ways when I showed a decided lack of interest in becoming a staff writer on a bad sitcom. I wanted to freelance. But there’s just not enough money for an agency to support a freelancer.
I’m curious to know what you do. Send a query and pages and a synopsis anyway? Beg influential friends in theatre to write letters of recommendation? What works?