A special note on availability of this play:
The new 2020 Canadian copyright law makes it plain that any works which have fallen into the public domain in Canada prior to the passing of Bill C-100
will NOT be grandfathered into the new extended term -- meaning that the play on this page is 100% legal for production in Canada!
This also appears to be the case in New Zealand.
HOWEVER, POTENTIAL AMERICAN PRODUCERS, PLEASE NOTE!
THE MALTESE FALCON is not available in the U.S. until January 1, 2024 -- I think.
The U.S. copyright law, unlike copyright law in just about every other country, is an unimaginably complex can of worms.
According to U.S. law, anything published before 1978 enjoys a maximum copyright protection of 95 years.
As my adaptation is based on the 1929 serialized version, it is legal as of 2024.
Australia, U.K., others: please look into your country's copyright laws to determine legality of productions where you are.
puts the book's sexy sizzle back into the show -- it's hot!
Above: Effie and Sam -- just what is their thing, anyway?
Right: What was a fade-out and cut in the 1941 movie 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