A special note on copyright for this play:
Dashiell Hammett died more than 50 years ago, making this play completely legal in Canada and any other country where copyright term is
"life of the author plus 50 years".
The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other countries
have a copyright term of "life of the author plus 70 years",
making it impossible for me to license the play in those countries until January 1, 2032.
BUT! Changes to the copyright laws could bring the Canadian status into question once the USMCA deal
(aka the Trump Trade Travesty) comes into effect. While the wording of the clauses is a little unclear,
it could be that works that have already fallen into the public domain in Canada could be re-included in copyright protection.
SO, CANADIAN THEATRE COMPANIES! Get your production on the boards before the changes happen! CONTACT me now!
Above: Effie and Sam -- just what is their thing, anyway?
Right: What was a fade-out and cut in 1941 is a whole new morning in our adaptation
"A masterful adaptation." J.D. Perth
"Brilliant! ... as usual." R.J. Ottawa
"What a great play!" M.F. Perth
"Even the scene changes are part of the entertainment." D.B. Perth
"More bodies and dames than you can shake a black bird at.
A fabulous way to spend a few hours before the lights go out." S. C. M. Perth
"Every thing works in this well-directed play. The seamless, in-character set changes, the narrator and sax player balancing the wings, the physicality and the rapid fire dialogue. Thoroughly enjoyed ..." J.S. Perth