StageDirect Help Page
First, if the solutions described below don't work for you for any reason, please email us and we'll get right back to you. If you want our video, then we want you to have it! (Please do not include your credit card information in your email; include a phone number where you may be reached, if you think it's appropriate.)
Trailers & Virtual Audition Room videos
Trailer won't play
If the trailers won't play at all, you may have one of several problems.
Virtual Audition Room video won't play
If the Virtual Audition Room video won't play at all, you may have one of several problems. Try these (in order of likelihood):
Other video-related problems
If your video plays but the sound does not, or vice-versa, or sound or video is choppy:
First, if you're trying to view a trailer, please try both formats: Quicktime and Windows Media.
If you can't do that, then you should update your current movie player software. Please see the "Software: Movie Players" section for more help.
If you've done all that, you likely have a codec problem. Codecs are little bits of digital information that tell your movie player how to interpret and play back the movie, and there are many available. We use fairly standard codecs for all our video, and these codecs are included in default installations of either Windows Media Player or Quicktime Player.
Here's a link to Apple's Quicktime support page
Here's a link to Microsoft's Windows Media Player support page.
If you've reached this point, we're sorry but we don't have any better advice for you. We would try uninstalling and reinstalling your movie player software, using the latest version.
How can you place orders?
We only accept orders on our web site. Our apologies, but we don't accept phone orders. We're a small operation (4 of us!) and while we're here nearly 24 hours a day, we're often pretty grumpy. Online ordering is best - trust us.
What are the requirements for ordering from StageDirect?
We have the following requirements:
What information do we ask from you, and how do we use it?
Shopping cart & store
We have a separate page about our security; please go there for detailed information.
Adding items to your cart
There are two ways to add items to your cart, both similar:
Cart items disappearing?
So you add an item to your cart, return to shopping, and when you get back to the cart your item's gone! Bad shopping cart!
There's a simple explanation: cookies. The order process works perfectly without cookies, but you won't be able to leave the cart and return to the site unless you have cookies enabled. Please see the section "Software: Cookies" below for more help.
Removing items from your cart
Next to every line item (that is, each video title) there is a "Remove Item" button. If you click this, that item and only that item will be removed from your cart. Nothing else will be affected.
Changing item quantities
Next to every line item (that is, each video title) there is a "Qty." box containing a number. Change that number and click the "Save Quantity Changes" button at the top of the cart. You can also change this number to "0" (zero) if you want instead of using the "Remove Item" button.
From the shopping cart, click the "Start Checkout" button at the right of the screen. You'll be whisked through the following easy steps:
At any time (until you click the "Process Order" button in the last screen) you'll be able to edit your cart, shipping, or billing infromation.
What are our shipping options?
We currently offer 3 shipping options: US Mail First Class (5-7 days), US Mail Priority (2-3 days), and UPS Next Day (overnight). These are the transit times reported to us by these shipping vendors, and not necessarily the time it will take us to fill and ship your order. Please see the next item, "When do we ship your order?"
When do we ship your order?
Orders received before 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on any business day will generally be shipped that day. Orders received after 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on any business day, or at any time on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, will generally be shipped the next business day. These shipping timelines are based on the experience of StageDirect's fulfillment vendor, whose practice is to make all shipments within 3 business days of receiving an order.
What about international shipping?
We offer international shipping to many countries. The full list is available at the second step in our shopping cart (there's no obligation to buy, and you don't need to give us any personal information before you get to this step).
StageDirect takes pride in offering its productions on high quality video stock. Inevitably, however, some videotapes will prove to be defective. If you receive a defective videotape from StageDirect, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your name, shipping address, telephone number, video title, and the nature of the defect (which must relate to the actual condition of the video, not that you would prefer a character to show more motivation in the second act). We will make arrangements to ship you a replacement video and to provide for the return of the defective video, at our cost. Our policy in connection with a defective video is limited to replacement; we do not refund your purchase price or shipping and handling charges.
We ship orders pretty fast, so there's no guarantee that you'll be able to cancel if you change your mind, but we'll do the best we can. Please forward the confirmation email you received from us to email@example.com. If you don't have that email, the very least we need is your order number and name. If we can stop your order before it ships then we won't charge you a dime.
Billing & payment
When do we bill you?
We bill after we receive confirmation that your order has shipped.
Questions about your bill?
If you have problems or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do everything we can to resolve your problem.
Do we charge sales tax?
No. StageDirect lives and does business in beautiful Portland, Oregon, land of trees, rain, and no sales tax on any purchases from Oregon businesses.
We offer the following quantity discounts (mix and match any shows):
If you'd like to order more than 20 tapes, please contact us before ordering to see if further discounts may be available.
Payment methods we accept
At the moment we accept only Visa and MasterCard.
Do we accept debit cards?
Most debit cards can be used as credit cards. As long as your debit card has a "Visa" or "MasterCard" symbol on it we can almost certainly accept it. If your transaction is failing and you think this is the reason, please call your bank.
Windows Media Player
Our movie popup windows should prompt you to install Windows Media Player if you don't have it, but if that doesn't work you can download and install the player from Microsoft's web site. Please note that all our trailers work with Windows Media Player version 6.4, so you don't need version 7 (although they do work with version 7 as well).
MPlayer & Crossover (advanced users only)
If you're running Linux or another OS for which there's no available Windows Media or Quicktime player, give MPlayer and Crossover a look. MPlayer plays MPEG, AVI, some Windows Media and some Quicktime. Crossover is a Netscape plugin that allows other plugins (e.g. Quicktime, Powerpoint viewer) to run; they claim to be the only plugin that will correctly render Sorensen-encoded Quicktimes (like ours). Your mileage may vary, of course, but both of these worth a look.
This site is best viewed with the latest version of a modern web browser. All these browsers are free to download:
Please also see our "Shopping cart & store: security information" section.
Be sure to download the 128-bit security enabled version if you are asked. The alternative is 40-bit security, which we do not consider strong enough to be secure. To shop with StageDirect, you must use 128-bit security.
You can use Netscape Navigator 4.x or Internet Explorer 4.x, but they are superseded in features and web standards support by newer versions, and your experience at StageDirect will not be as scintillating as if you were using a modern browser. The site should, however, degrade relatively gracefully for older browsers (no promises about the video, though). If you have trouble with the site that you believe to be browser-related, please let Randall know.
If you are not comfortable with this level of security in Internet Explorer, you can custom edit your security preferences by selecting "Custom." Look for the "Scripting" section, and click the "Enable" or "Prompt" option.
Internet Explorer (versions through 5.5):
If you are not comfortable with this level of security in Internet Explorer, you can custom edit your security preferences by selecting "Custom". Look for the "Cookies" section, and click the "Enable" or "Prompt" option.