Marvel Spotlight Marvel Spotlight

A Collection of plays from the marvel universe

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Marvel Spotlight?

Marvel Spotlight is a collection of One-Act Plays developed for teenagers exploring the humans behind your favorite Super Heroes. These plays aim to create compelling plays with teenage protagonists who tackle real-world problems in a diverse society.

How do I put on a Marvel play?

Follow the steps below to learn what it takes to license your own Marvel play.

  1. Find the Marvel Spotlight play that is right for you! The collection currently includes three plays available for licensing. You can license one, two, or all three.
  2. Explore the materials and resources. Visit the show pages to learn what materials and resources are available for each title. Each item is designed to make producing your show a fun, easy, and rewarding experience.
  3. Request a license. You will need to set up an account with Samuel French at samuelfrench.com before you can apply for a license. Then you can proceed with your request online or call (866) 598-8449 or email MarvelSpotlight@concord.com for assistance.
  4. Pay any fees. After you submit an application, you will receive a licensing agreement. Review the terms of the contract carefully and note that it is not executed until full payment is received.
  5. Now it’s time to put on the show! After you submit an application, you will receive a licensing agreement. Review the terms of the contract carefully and note that it is not executed until full payment is received.

Licensing is the process of acquiring the performance rights to a play, which is protected by copyright. A license is legally required to produce a Marvel play, whether you’re a school group or a professional theater.

What is a Performance License? Do I need one?

When writers create a show, their work is considered intellectual property and is subject to copyright law. This allows the writers to control how their work is produced and by whom. An organization or producer needs to obtain the performance rights – in the form of a license – to a copyrighted show before it can be produced. Samuel French is responsible for licensing Marvel plays.

Any performance of a work under copyright for an audience must be licensed, regardless of whether or not admission is charged, whether the performance is public or private, and whether or not it is for charity or profit.

Presenting a show without a performance license is both unethical and illegal and may result in criminal punishment under the law. Licensing representatives will guide you through every step of the process, including fees, contract terms, and script materials.

Whom do I contact to get started?

Marvel Spotlight Plays are licensed exclusively through Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals company. For inquiries about these titles, visit marvelspotlightplays.com, call (866) 598-8449 or email MarvelSpotlight@concord.com.

How do I get a license?

You may apply online via any Marvel Spotlight title page. Please remember that your License Agreement is not executed until Samuel French has received full payment of the licensing fees. Purchase Orders are not considered payment.

For a detailed walkthrough of the licensing process, visit the Samuel French Help Site. Their team of Licensing Representatives are also available to assist every step of the way. Just call (866) 598-8449 or email MarvelSpotlight@concord.com.

Do we have to pay for the rights if we don’t charge admission?

Yes. By licensing the rights to a show, you are paying for the privilege to use the intellectual property that the writers have created. Any free or benefit performances are considered when fees are quoted.

Can I read the script before committing to a show?

Of course! If you can't decide which show you'd like to license, consider buying a single copy of each script you'd like to peruse. Make sure you have received a valid performance license before proceeding with any performances, announcements, advertising, or production plans.

Can I buy the script without putting on a production?

Yes, copies of the scripts are available to purchase at samuelfrench.com/shop. Receiving a copy of the script doesn’t mean that you have performance rights to perform the plays. Make sure you have acquired a valid performance license before proceeding with any production plans, including announcements, advertising, rehearsals, or performances.

Do we have to pay for the whole show if we are only going to perform part of it?

Yes. The only way to obtain a license to any Marvel Spotlight play is to pay for the rights to the entire show. Also, the material you license is covered by copyright law, which protects the integrity of the author’s work. Any proposed changes to the show need to be approved by your licensing representative before they are implemented in your production.

How much do the plays cost?

Performance Rights

  • One (1) Marvel Spotlight play is $75 per performance.
  • Two (2) or more Marvel Spotlight plays are a flat rate $125 per performance.

Scripts

  • Acting Edition Scripts are $9.95 each.
  • Print at Home Scripts are $4.95 each.
  • Large Print Scripts are $17.95 each.
  • Stage Manager Scripts are $19.95 each.

There are also a number of additional resources to help to maximize the success of your production:

Free Resources (included with every license)

Logo Packs

  • One (1) Marvel Spotlight Play: $50 per production
  • Two (2) or more Marvel Spotlight Plays: $75 per production

Scenic Projections

Created by Marvel comic book artists

  • One (1) Marvel Spotlight Play: $300 per production
  • Two (2) or more Marvel Spotlight Plays: $500 per production

Video License

  • For accredited schools and in-school performances: $75
  • For all other producers/organizations: $150
How long is each play?

Each Marvel Spotlight Play is a one-act with no intermission, with a running time of approximately 40-50 minutes.

Note: shorter versions of the Marvel Spotlight Plays may be licensed for festival and competition, and are marked "Cuttings Approved for Competitions" on the Samuel French website – these are 30-minute "Approved Competition Cuts" for you to perform. Ask your licensing representative for more information.

What is included with the performance license?

The cost of a performance license includes the royalty that is paid to the authors and the materials fee. Our prices are based on the number of performances you plan to present. The performance license does not include the cost of materials and scripts. You may order a set of scripts for your cast online at SamuelFrench.com

How far in advance should I apply for a license?

The sooner, the better! Licensing applications are accepted up to 18 months in advance. We recommend that you apply for a license as soon as you’re interested in doing a Marvel Spotlight play. Of course, the process of obtaining a license is expedited by your speedy return of the contract and payment.

Can we make any changes to the script, such as adding more characters?

No. When you obtain the rights to do a show, you are agreeing to mount the show according to the script you are provided with. Making unauthorized changes to the script violates copyright law, is illegal, and may result in the loss of your license and criminal punishment under the law.

Please remember that when you acquire a license, you are agreeing to use your artistic vision to bring the script, as written, to life. Any proposed changes to the show need to be approved by your licensing representative before they are implemented in your production.

Can I perform these plays at a festival/competition?

If you are performing a copyrighted work, in whole or in part, at a festival or competition, you are still required to obtain a performance license. The Marvel Spotlight Plays may be licensed for festival and competition, and are marked “Cuttings Approved for Competitions” on the Samuel French website – these are 30-minute “Approved Competition Cuts” for you to perform. Ask your licensing representative for more information.

Whenever possible, cuttings of plays will be licensed at a reduced rate of $55 per performance.

Monologues and brief excerpts of less than ten minutes do not require a license or other permission from Samuel French when performed for audition purposes or for a limited audience of adjudicators at festivals and competitions.

Performances of excerpts in the final round of national competitions (such as the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival or International Thespian Festival) may be subject to a license fee payable at the competition. Please consult your competition’s rules and regulations for more information.

For more information about licensing for competitions, contact your licensing representative by calling (866) 598-8449 or email MarvelSpotlight@concord.com.

Can I use the official Marvel Spotlight logo to advertise and promote my production?

As with theatrical licensing, artists require a royalty for the use of their design. Logo Packs are available for purchase and are the only legal way to use the official Marvel Spotlight artwork created for the show. Brand guidelines are included with the logo and cover art so you know how to properly use the artwork to promote your show the way the designer intended. Contact your licensing representative for more information.

Logo packs start at $50 for one (1) title and $75 for two (2) or more titles.

Can I use the artwork on the cover of the script for my advertisements/programs?

As with theatrical licensing, artists require a royalty for the use of their design. Logo Packs are available for purchase and are the only legal way to use the official Marvel Spotlight artwork created for the show. Brand guidelines are included with the logo and cover art so you know how to properly use the artwork to promote your show the way the designer intended. Contact your licensing representative for more information.

Logo packs start at $50 for one (1) title and $75 for two (2) or more titles.

Can I film my production?

An organization must obtain a Video License before recording the production. Otherwise, video recording under all circumstances is prohibited. A Video License allows you to film an official archival or souvenir recording and also allows parents to record a performance. Contact your licensing representative for more information, including rules and restrictions. Video Licenses start at $75 for accredited schools, and $125 for all other producers and organizations.

I want to copy a portion of the play for classroom/study/research purposes. Can I photocopy part of the playscript?

You may make a single photocopy of a playscript for classroom/study/research purposes. This is a personal copy that falls under the “fair use” provision of the copyright law.

Do I need to order scripts, or will you send them automatically once I have my license? Do I have to buy scripts for all of my actors?

Scripts are not included with your license unless otherwise noted. You may order a set of scripts online for your cast. As script orders are non-returnable, we suggest that you wait to purchase your cast’s scripts until after your licensing request has been approved.

If you already own sufficient copies of the script, you are not required to purchase more.

Do the Marvel Spotlight plays come with sets and costumes?

In the theater, all you need to put on a show is a story to tell, actors to tell it, and an audience to hear it. In this spirit, the Marvel Spotlight Plays can be successfully produced with minimal production elements. Click here to download Making Marvel Theatrical, a free resource with simple, time-tested staging concepts and practices designed to ignite your audience’s imagination and bring the Marvel Universe to life. There are no costumes provided with licenses for Marvel Spotlight Plays. Scenic Projections created by Marvel comic book artists are available to purchase with your performance license. Scenic projections for one (1) play start at $300, while two (2) or more start at $500.

Do I need special effects to do a Marvel play?

On screen and in publications the Marvel Universe is brought to life through elaborate special effects. However, like theater, Marvel all is about storytelling. Marvel is inherently theatrical, and we have resources available to help you learn more about bringing Marvel stories to your stage. Download Here.

Visit our Support Materials page to download FREE resources that will help you discover the world of Marvel Spotlight.

What are the casting requirements for Marvel Spotlight?

Marvel Spotlight aims to create compelling plays with teenage protagonists who tackle real-world problems in a diverse society. Licensees are encouraged to approach casting in a way that values equal representation and inclusion while promoting conversation and respect. Characters designated “any gender” should be costumed to reflect the gender identity of the performers.

For more specific casting requirements, see the character descriptions and author’s note for each play.