New Playwriting Strategies

New features in this edition include an in-depth study of the adaptation of classical texts in contemporary playwright and the utilizing new technologies, such as YouTube, Wikipedia and blogs to create alternative dramatic forms.

Author: Paul C. Castagno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136630804

Category: Drama

Page: 258

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New Playwriting Strategies has become a canonical text in the study and teaching of playwriting, offering a fresh and dynamic insight into the subject. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition explores and highlights the wide spread of new techniques that form contemporary theatre writing, as well as their influence on other dramatic forms. Paul Castagno builds on the innovative plays of Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to investigate groundbreaking new techniques from a broad range of contemporary dramatists, including Sarah Ruhl, Suzan Lori-Parks and Young Jean Lee. New features in this edition include an in-depth study of the adaptation of classical texts in contemporary playwright and the utilizing new technologies, such as YouTube, Wikipedia and blogs to create alternative dramatic forms. The author’s step-by-step approach offers the reader new models for: narrative dialogue character monologue hybrid plays This is a working text for playwrights, presenting a range of illuminating new exercises suitable for everyone from the workshop student to the established writer. New Playwriting Strategies is an essential resource for anyone studying and writing drama today.

New Playwriting Strategies

New Playwriting Strategies offers a fresh and dynamic approach to playwriting that will be welcomed by teachers and aspiring playwrights alike.

Author: Paul C. Castagno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135866464

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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New Playwriting Strategies offers a fresh and dynamic approach to playwriting that will be welcomed by teachers and aspiring playwrights alike.

New Playwriting Strategies

New Playwriting Strategies stems from the basic premise that playwritingislanguage based. As such, language remains the dominant force in theshaping of characters, action,and theme. The playwright orchestrates the voices inthe text, ...

Author: Paul C. Castagno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135866532

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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New Playwriting Strategies offers a fresh and dynamic approach to playwriting that will be welcomed by teachers and aspiring playwrights alike.

New Dramaturgies

In New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, Mark Bly offers a new playwriting book with nine unique play-generating exercises.

Author: Mark Bly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315282190

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 112

View: 432


In New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, Mark Bly offers a new playwriting book with nine unique play-generating exercises. These exercises offer dramaturgical strategies and tools for confronting and overcoming obstacles that all playwrights face. Each of the chapters features lively commentary and participation from Bly’s former students. They are now acclaimed writers and producers for media such as House of Cards, Weeds, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, and The Affair, and their plays appear onstage in major venues such as the Roundabout Theatre, Yale Rep, and the Royal National Theatre. They share thoughts about their original response to an exercise and why it continues to have a major impact on their writing and mentoring today. Each chapter concludes with their original, inventive, and provocative scene generated in response to Bly’s exercise, providing a vivid real-life example of what the exercises can create. Suitable for both students of playwriting and screenwriting, as well as professionals in the field, New Dramaturgies gives readers a rare combination of practical provocation and creative discussion.

Collaborative Playwriting

Coincidentally, around the time of the Call Me God productions, Cervo was introduced to my second edition of New Playwriting Strategies: Language and Media in the 21st Century (Routledge: 2012). The first edition of New Playwriting ...

Author: Paul C Castagno

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000709551

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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In Collaborative Playwriting, five collectively written plays apply polyvocal methods in which clash and frisson replace synthesis, a dialogic approach to collective writing that has never before been articulated or documented. Based on the EU Collective Plays Project, this collection of plays showcases each voice in dialogic tension and in relation to the other voices of the text, offering an entirely novel approach to new play development that challenges the single (and privileged) authorial voice. Castagno’s case-study approach provides detailed commentary on each of the various experimental methods, exploring the plays’ processes in detail. The book offers an evolutionary path forward in how to develop new work, thus encouraging and promoting the writing of collective, hybrid plays as having profound benefits for all playwrights. The ground breaking approaches to playmaking in Collaborative Playwriting will appeal to playwriting programs, instructors, academics, professional playwrights, theaters and new play development programs; as well as courses in gender LGBTQ studies, script analysis, dramaturgy and dramatic literature across the theater studies curricula.


New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1990. Brecht, Bertolt. ... New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990. Brook, Peter. The Empty Space. ... Castagno, Paul C. New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting.

Author: Sam Smiley

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300128505

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 119


The incidence of melanoma has increased by 2000% since 1930 and one person dies each hour from the disease. This cutting edge guide provides scientifically accurate information which patients and their families need, to understand melanoma and its treatment and to receive necessary reassurance. It is also a vitally important resource for those who want information about preventing the disease or finding it early when it is most curable. Catherine M. Poole, a melanoma survivor and melanoma patient advocate for many organisations, and Dr. DuPont Guerry, an internationally renowned melanoma expert, have collaborated to provide current, correct and easily understood information on the disease. The authors have had first-hand contact with a multitude of patients with melanoma, and they understand exactly how to empower patients to gain control of their situations and obtain the best treatment.

Teaching Playwriting

'Pressing an Ear Against a Hive or New Explorations in the Twenty-First Century'. Theatre Topics, 13(1), 19–23. Castagno, P. (2001). New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting.

Author: Paul Gardiner

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474288033

Category: Drama

Page: 264

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Playwriting is a skill under-explored in the classroom, despite the strong evidence that it's an engaging and rewarding activity for young people. Teaching Playwriting addresses this gap and is an essential resource for teachers wanting to gain the skills and confidence necessary to introduce playwriting to their students. Based on rich research and clearly explained theoretical concepts, the book explores the lessons from creativity theory that will provide the teacher with the skills and knowledge necessary to empower students' writing and creativity. It also includes extensive practical activities and writing exercises to develop students' playwriting proficiency and creative capacity. Discussing key concepts in playwriting such as idea, dialogue, character, action and structure, the book enables teachers to respond to the unique learning needs of their students and help them tell their stories and reach their potential as young playwrights.

Len Jenkin s Theatre

The approach so engaged Castagno's imagination that it became the subject of his 2001 book, New Playwriting Strategies, the “basic premise” of which is “that playwriting is language based.”2 A few years later in an article entitled ...

Author: Robert J. Andreach

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761853237

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 143

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Early in his career, Len Jenkin identified two qualities that theatre should have: wonder and heart. Imagination creates wonder by transforming nature to suggest more than nature. Love engages the heart on the quest to experience the wonder, for though Jenkin is an experimental playwright, his plays are not abstruse symbols. They are tales that take salesmen and actresses, historical figures and fictional characters, through a Stein landscape and a Kafka story, pop culture, and recreated scenes from the Bible and The Canterbury Tales, The Aeneid, and Headlong Hall to an amusement park ride and a penal colony, a flophouse and a garden. Bodacious verbal and visual images build in power until they soar as pilgrims tell tales to pass the night while waiting to cross the river; Hawthorne, Sophie, and Melville on the beach hear the ever-encroaching kraken; and Margo Veil essays the roles that all questing mortals play in life.

The State of the Art

Informing the new dramaturgy: critical theory to creative process. Theatre Topics, 3(1): pp29–42. Castagno P (2001). New playwriting strategies: a language based approach to playwriting. New York: Routledge. Catron LE (2002).

Author: Michael Anderson

Publisher: Sydney University Press

ISBN: 9781743320280

Category: Education

Page: 182

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The State of the Art: Teaching Drama in the 21st Century presents cutting-edge scholarship from leading drama education researchers in New South Wales. This collection features discussions that are directly relevant to drama teachers in primary and secondary schools, artists and theatre makers, and drama education researchers.

Suzan Lori Parks

Castagno, Paul C. (2001) New Playwriting Strategies: A Language Based Approach to Playwriting, New York: Routledge. Parks, Mac Wellman, Eric Overmeyer, and other 'language playwrights' serve as models for new dramaturgy.

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore Jr

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135871109

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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Suzan-Lori Parks confirmed herself as one of the most exciting and successful playwrights of her generation when her work Topdog/Underdog was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, making her the only African American woman to win the award. Despite the cultural weight of this achievement, Parks remains difficult both to pigeonhole and to summarize. This volume seeks to provide a context for her work, with essays from major and emerging scholars addressing the importance of factors such as gender, ethnicity, language and history in plays from her first major work, Imperceptible Mutabilities of the Third Kingdom to the 365 Days / 365 Plays project. Suzan-Lori Parks: A Casebook represents the first major study of this unique voice in contemporary drama. Contributors: Leonard Berkman, Jason Bush, Shawn Marie-Garrett, Andrea Goto, Heidi Holder, Barbara Ozieblo, Kevin J. Wetmore Jr and Harvey Young. Kevin J. Wetmore Jr is Professor of Theatre at Loyola Marymount University, as well as being a professional actor and director of the Comparative Drama Conference. He is the author of The Athenian Sun in an African Sky and Black Dionysus: Greek Tragedy and African American Theatre. Alycia Smith-Howard an Assistant Professor at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she is the Artistic Director of the Gallatin Arts Festival and the Book Reviews Editor at the New England Theatre Journal. A Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library, her areas of specialization include Shakespeare, performance history, feminist theatre aesthetics and literature and drama of the south.

The Elements of Playwriting

... Arvin, 9 Building, play writing as, 5–6 Bully!, 37 Burn This (Wilson), 96 Butterworth, Jez, The Ferryman, 122, 130 Capote, Truman, 35 Caretaker, The (Pinter), 84 Carousel, “Soliloquy,” 39 Castagno, Paul, New Playwriting Strategies, ...

Author: Louis E. Catron

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478636885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 199

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Louis Catron imbued experienced and fledgling playwrights with inspiration, guidance, and a passport to maximizing their writing skills as well as their overall ability to transform written words into a stage production. He understood that being a playwright is more than putting pen to paper. It involves expressing a personal point of view, bringing a vision to life, developing dimensional characters, structuring a play’s action, and finding producers, directors, and actors to bring the work to life. In the second edition Norman Bert infuses the enduring merits of Catron’s original work with examples, technological developments, and trends geared to today’s readers. Bert’s play references are familiar to contemporary students, including examples from plays written since 2000. He includes useful information on web-based research and the electronic submission process. A new chapter focuses on the playwright’s responsibility to lay the groundwork for production elements like casting, design, theatre architecture as it impacts audience–performer relationships, staging modes, and the uses and expectations of stage directions. Also new to this edition are reading resources for delving deeper into topics discussed.

Winter s Tales

New York Times , April 14 , sec . C3 . Castagno , Paul . 1993. " Varieties of Monologic Strategy : The Dramaturgy of Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman . ” New Theatre Quarterly 9 , ( 34 ) : 134–46 . 2001. New Playwriting Strategies : A ...

Author: Kathleen George

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874139163

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 231

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Winter's Tales tackles the question of whether narrative and drama are as different from each other as some scholars have assumed. By examining everything from voice and tense to "scene and summary," George, a theater professor and novelist, analyzes the many choices a writer has when framing a story. She addresses narrative theoretical ground before focusing on contemporary plays that are "novelistic." She finishes the study by examining the problems of adaptation from novel to stage. Her account is-by way of its essayistic style-personal, at times a writer's journal of reading and writing discoveries. In Winter's Tales, George demonstrates, among other things, the ways the diegetic is evident in the very content of frame plays and divided plays: she distinguishes between kinds of memory plays by cataloguing the possible stances of the narrator: she also covers subjects like multiple narration, and she gives accounts of the epic, dramatic, and lyric solutions to adapting novels. Kathleen George is a Professor in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Troubling Violence

Healthy Primates and Other Plays from the New Play Development Workshop. Nashville, Tenn.: Association of Theatre in Higher Education, 2004. Castagno, Paul C. New Playwriting Strategies: A Language Based Approach to Playwriting.

Author: M. Heather Carver

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604733470

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Troubling Violence: A Performance Project follows the collaboration between performance studies professor M. Heather Carver and ethnographic folklorist Elaine J. Lawless. The book traces the creative development of a performance troupe in which women take the stage to narrate true, harrowing experiences of domestic violence and then invite audience members to discuss the tales. Similar to the performances, the book presents real-life narratives as a means of heightening social awareness and dialogue about intimate partner violence. “Troubling violence” refers not only to the cultures in our society that are “troubling,” but also to the authors' intent to “trouble” perceptions that enforce social, cultural, legal, and religious attitudes that perpetuate abuse against women. Performance, this book argues, enhances ethnographic research and writing by allowing ethnographers to approach both their field studies and their ethnographic writing as performance. The book also demonstrates how ethnography enhances the study of performance. The authors discuss the development of the Troubling Violence Performance Project in conjunction with their own “performances” within the academy.

Writing and the Modern Stage

New York: Chelsea House, 1987. 189–214. Castagno, Paul C. New Playwriting Strategies. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, 2012. “Varieties of Monologic Strategy: the Dramaturgy of Len Jenkin and Mac Wellman.” New Theatre Quarterly 9.34 (May ...

Author: Julia Jarcho

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107132351

Category: Drama

Page: 306

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This book presents a new argument that reimagines modern theater's critical power and places innovative writing at the heart of the experimental stage.

Building Your Play

See goal need to know, and exposition, 122–23 negative goals, 37 negotiations: and dramatic questions, 105; play as series of, 35–36, 99 New Playwriting Strategies: A Language Based Approach to Playwriting (Castagno), 8 obligatory scene ...

Author: David Rush

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809385829

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 99


David Rush takes beginning playwrights through the first draft of a play and deep into the revision process. Drawing on examples from such classics as Othello and The Glass Menagerie, Rush provides detailed models for writers to evaluate their work for weaknesses and focus on the in-depth development of their plays. Rush encourages writers to make sure their plays are clear and focused. He shows how to keep plays dramatically compelling and offers ways to avoid common mistakes that make them dull, confusing, or ineffective. He then distills the essence of traditional revision into key questions and discusses frequently overlooked tools, terms, and strategies that go beyond established methods of evaluation.

The Drama Theatre and Performance Companion

(2004) Rethinking Dance History: A Reader, London and New York, Routledge. Castagno, P.C. (2001) New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting, New York and London, Routledge. CCSkills (2009) 'Creative and ...

Author: Michael Mangan

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137015525

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

View: 589


Offering essential guidance to students throughout their undergraduate studies, this companion explores the development of a discipline that is still in flux, offers practical advice about how to study it and where this study might lead, and provides a useful reference resource on key practitioners, debates, performances and terms.

Contemporary British Drama

Two Examples of Postdramatic Theatre Texts', New Theatre Quarterly 24: 1 (2008), pp. 14–23. Theatre and Theory BOOKS ... Castagno, Paul, New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting. London: Routledge, 2001.

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

The Art Of Writing Drama

The following summaries come from a wide range of how-towrite-drama books: The Crafty Art of Playmaking by Alan Ayckbourn; Dramatic Technique by George Pierce Baker; New Playwriting Strategies by Paul Castagno; The Sound of One Hand ...

Author: Michelene Wandor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408141328

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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The Art of Writing Drama is an indispensable textbook for wherever writing for the stage is taught, but also serves as a foundational book for any student taking courses in performance media - radio, television and film. Coupling theory with practice, the book opens with a survey of the current methodologies of teaching playwriting and of textual analysis. The theories of Bakhtin, Foucault and Derrida are examined as are the agendas of play reviewers from the national press. In the second section of the book, a wealth of guidance with practical exercises on the skills of writing for the stage is provided. Throughout the text, Wandor draws on her extensive experience as both playwright and teacher of creative writing to provide a guide that is both a scholarly and an immensely practical guide to writing for the theatre.

Staging Don DeLillo

Castagno, PC 2001, New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting, Routledge, New York and London. Cawad M 2014, 'Bored Games? Not at All—Why Monopoly and Scrabble Are Still Cool Holiday Gifts', 11 December, ...

Author: Rebecca Rey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317050834

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 158

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The first book-length study to focus on Don DeLillo's plays, Staging Don DeLillo brings the author's theatre works to the forefront. Rebecca Rey explores four central themes that emerge across DeLillo's theatre oeuvre: the centrality of language; the human fear of death; the elusiveness of truth; and the deceptive, slippery nature of personal identity. Rey examines all seven of DeLillo's plays chronologically: "The Engineer of Moonlight" (1979), The Day Room (1986), the one-minute plays "The Rapture of the Athlete Assumed Into Heaven" (1990), and "The Mystery at the Middle of Ordinary Life" (2000), Valparaiso (1999), Love-Lies-Bleeding (2006), and The Word for Snow (2014). Written in clear, accessible language, and interweaving critique of DeLillo's novels throughout, this book will appeal not only to DeLillo scholars but also to anyone working on contemporary literature and drama.

The Contemporary American Monologue

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Castagno, Paul C., New Playwriting Strategies, London and New York: Routledge, 2012. Cervenak, Sarah Jane, 'Gender, Class, and the Performance of a Black (Anti) Enlightenment: Resistances of David Walker ...

Author: Eddie Paterson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472585035

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Talk-show confessions, online rants, stand-up routines, inspirational speeches, banal reflections and calls to arms: we live in an age of solo voices demanding to be heard. In The Contemporary American Monologue Eddie Paterson looks at the pioneering work of US artists Spalding Gray, Laurie Anderson, Anna Deavere Smith and Karen Finley, and the development of solo performance in the US as a method of cultural and political critique. Ironic confession, post-punk poetry, investigations of race and violence, and subversive polemic, this book reveals the link between the rise of radical monologue in the late 20th century and history of speechmaking, politics, civil rights, individual freedom and the American Dream in the United States. It shows how US artists are speaking back to the cultural, political and economic forces that shape the world. Eddie Paterson traces the importance of the monologue in Shakespeare, Brecht, Beckett, Chekov, Pinter, O'Neill and Williams, before offering a comprehensive analysis of several of the most influential and innovative American practitioners of monologue performance. The Contemporary American Monologue constitutes the first book-length account of US monologists that links the tradition of oratory and speechmaking in the colony to the appearance of solo performance as a distinctly American phenomenon.