There is a play that I need to read for my research. I also want to see it and I’m writing a grant proposal to get funding to go to Spain for my new book. But for now I need the text.
I wrote to the theater where the play will be staged next season, explained about my research, and asked if I could buy the text. Within less than a day they wrote back, sent me the text, and contacted the author who’s on vacation. The author asked them to tell me that I will probably need his other play, too, (and I definitely do), and he’ll send me the text once it’s finished.
This is all in under 24 hours. The Spain of “come back later” is definitely gone.