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Celebrating Ken Ludwig

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AACT and Samuel French, Inc. have joined forces for Act Locally, AACT Nationally: Celebrating Ken Ludwig, a program running through August 31, 2014.   Participating AACT member theatres can not only honor Mr. Ludwig, but also get some great benefits.  (If your theatre is not an AACT member, now's the time to join for this and other discounts offered to our members.)

Great Incentives on Great Shows

As part of the celebration, Samuel French, Inc. is offering licensing fee incentives and script discounts on all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion: 

  • Licensing Fees: 10% off fees for all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion

  • Scripts: 10% on all orders of cast copies of all Ken Ludwig plays offered in this promotion


  1. Theatres must be members in good standing of AACT. 

  2. To be eligible for the licensing fee discount, the AACT-member theatre must present six or more performances of the Ken Ludwig play. 

  3. All script orders must be placed and shows must be performed from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2014.  (More details will be posted soon.

  4. In the "Comments" section of the Merchandise Order Form or Licensing Application, you must indicate that you are a member of AACT in order to be eligible for the discount.

Ken Ludwig Plays in the Promotion

  • The Beaux' Strategem

  • Be My Baby

  • The Fox on the Fairway

  • Leading Ladies

  • Lend Me A Tenor

  • Moon Over Buffalo

  • Postmortem

  • Shakespeare in Hollywood

  • The Three Musketeers

  • Treasure Island

  • Twentieth Century

"Act Locally, AACT Nationally: Celebrating Ken Ludwig" is a great way to remember that community theatre is America's national theatre. Start the celebration now by including a Ken Ludwig show (or shows!) in your next season.  Information on this promotion also can be found on the Samuel French website.

Photo of Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG's plays have been delighting audiences since his first major work- - Lend Me a Tenor - premiered in 1986. His works have become staples of American community theatre; his new plays are snapped up for production as soon as they become available.  Now, community theatres have the opportunity to participate in a national theatre experience, celebrating Mr. Ludwig's contribution to community theatre.

Ludwig has had 21 plays and musicals produced, including six on Broadway and six in the West End. He has been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has won the Laurence Olivier Award, three Tony Award nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His most famous hits include Lend Me a Tenor, which won two Tony Awards, Crazy for You, which ran for four years on Broadway and in London, Twentieth Century with Alec Baldwin, and Moon Over Buffalo with Carol Burnett. He had three world premieres in fall 2011. His latest book is How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.


Read our Exclusive "Conversation with Ken Ludwig"
Ken Ludwig's connections to community theatre run deeper than the performances of his plays. In his hometown of York, PA his mother was heavily involved in (current AACT member theatre) York Little Theatre, where she acted in several productions and Ken went to the theatre as a child. In a recent interview, Mr. Ludwig reminisced about his involvement in York Little Theatre as a high school student, including his (unsuccessful) audition for The Music Man. "Community theatre has been very much a part of our life," he says. "I love community theatre."

Read the entire interview with Ken Ludwig, exclusively on AACT's Community Website. For more information on the playwright and his work, visit www.kenludwig.com


Samuel French logoSamuel French, Inc.
Celebrating its 181st anniversary of continuous service to the theatrical community, Samuel French, Inc. currently offers over 5,000 plays and musicals which can be found online or at its bustling performing arts bookstores in London, Hollywood and Studio City, CA. Find Samuel French on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or visit their website at samuelfrench.com.

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