Playwriting

Sitting down to write a play can be a daunting experience and many a script has remained unwritten for fear of trying.

Author: Christopher William Hill

Publisher: Robert Hale

ISBN: 0709090994

Category: Playwriting

Page: 144

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Sitting down to write a play can be a daunting experience and many a script has remained unwritten for fear of trying. Debunking the idea that there is a right way or wrong way to write a play, this title sets out to demystify the process, guiding the reader every step of the way from page to stage and beyond.

Page to Stage

A step-by-step guide for adapting literary works to the stage

Author: Vincent Murphy

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472051878

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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A step-by-step guide for adapting literary works to the stage

The Dead Stage A Journey from Page to Stage

From budgets to set design, run-time to cast size, if you ever felt the desire to write for the stage, following the advice presented in this book will help improve your chances of pairing your script with an interested party, hopefully ...

Author: Dan Weatherer

Publisher:

ISBN: 1644679698

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 578

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"The Dead Stage - the period of time between completing the working draft of a stage play and placing it with an interested party." - Dan Weatherer Dan Weatherer, an author turned playwright, learned quickly that there are practices playwrights can implement to dramatically increase the appeal of their work. Inside, you'll find advice that will enable you to better tailor your work to the needs of the theatre industry, without having to compromise on style, content or subject matter. Dan discusses his early mistakes, and presents the advice of notable theatre professionals including the award-winning playwright, Deborah McAndrew, noted actor Matthew Spence, and London Horror Festival producer, Kate Danbury (along with many, many more!). You'll also be able to read several of Dan's completed stage plays, which are presented in a preferred industry format, and often contain side-notes detailing the success (and failures) of said pieces. From budgets to set design, run-time to cast size, if you ever felt the desire to write for the stage, following the advice presented in this book will help improve your chances of pairing your script with an interested party, hopefully making The Dead Stage pass almost unnoticed. Proudly represented by Crystal Lake Publishing--Tales from the Darkest Depths. Interview with the author: What makes this non-fiction book so special? "Placing a stage play with a theatre company is (in my experience) more difficult than placing a book with a publisher. Open theatre calls are highly competitive, seeing hundreds of entries for a call that can possibly stage only three or four pieces. Quality of work is no longer enough to guarantee consideration for performance. The tips and advice contained in The Dead Stage allowed me to build an impressive portfolio of theatre work in a relatively short space of time. I believe it is important to share experiences if they may be able to help others achieve success." Tell us more about why you wanted to write this guide. "Throughout my career, I have worked to create opportunities for others, believing it is better to be a small fish in a thriving ocean, rather than a big fish in a stagnant pond. This book is about sharing my experiences and mistakes, in the hope that I can help others avoid the pitfalls that I fell into. Theatre, more than any other medium, is a tough industry to break into. Every piece a playwright will write will always be in competition with work from the greatest playwrights of all time. Theatre is a business: seats need to be sold in order to keep theatres running, and so often established pieces are booked instead of the work of what many might term the 'New Writing'. This is because they are considered safe bookings, and the theatre will, in most instances, not lose money. New writing is considered a risk. Usually, theatres set aside a budget for new writing, but this is often small and tightly contested. But theatre needs new voices and there are theatre companies willing to give new writing a chance. This book is my way of saying that yes, it is possible to see your work performed on stage, no matter your previous experience in the theatre industry." If you have a passing interest in the theatre industry, either as a playwright, director, producer, actor or working behind the scenes, then this book is for you. It includes insights and advice from an array of professionals working at all levels of the industry today. Their advice helped me see my work performed on stage, now it's their turn to help you."

Ethnotheatre

Research from Page to Stage Johnny Saldaña. Most playwrights do not deliver an original play script that's production-ready for rehearsal and performance to a director or actors. Good playwrights take the time to first hear and assess ...

Author: Johnny Saldaña

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315428925

Category: Psychology

Page: 245

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Ethnotheatre transforms research about human experiences into a dramatic presentation for an audience. Johnny Saldaña, one of the best-known practitioners of this research tradition, outlines the key principles and practices of ethnotheatre in this clear, concise volume. He covers the preparation of a dramatic presentation from the research and writing stages to the elements of stage production. Saldaña nurtures playwrights through adaptation and stage exercises, and delves into the complex ethical questions of turning the personal into theatre. Throughout, he emphasizes the vital importance of creating good theatre as well as good research for impact on an audience and performers. The volume includes multiple scenes from contemporary ethnodramas plus two complete play scripts as exemplars of the genre.

Playwriting Made Simple Abridged Version

If you are ready to put your dreams into action, this simple abridged, streamlined, playwriting course is for you. Get the stories out your head and into the world. Take a leap so your passion can sprout wings. The time is now.

Author: Aaron Braxton

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1702666468

Category:

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PLAYWRITING MADE SIMPLE - Abridged Version is the best self-guided course in the industry, specifically designed to teach aspiring playwrights and seasoned professionals, the methods necessary to write compelling stage plays. It offers professional playwriting tips, tricks, secrets, strategic shortcuts and creative insights into playwriting, specifically for the theatre, that will bring your original play from page to stage in 6 weeks or less! If you follow this playwriting course and thoroughly perform the playwriting exercises, you will be armed with all the tools necessary to become a better writer and insightful artist by transforming yourself into the playwright you always wanted to be. You will learn scene structure, playwriting formulas, levels of dialogue, character development, subtext, audience expectations, rising/falling actions, tension, format, how to develop your own voice and playwriting style, while avoiding typical clichés. If you are ready to put your dreams into action, this simple abridged, streamlined, playwriting course is for you. Get the stories out your head and into the world. Take a leap so your passion can sprout wings. The time is now. Open your heart and say, "YES!" Now begin.

Ethnotheatre

Johnny Saldaña, one of the best-known practitioners of this research tradition, outlines the key principles and practices of ethnotheatre in this clear, concise volume.

Author: Johnny Saldaña

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315428918

Category: Psychology

Page: 245

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Ethnotheatre transforms research about human experiences into a dramatic presentation for an audience. Johnny Saldaña, one of the best-known practitioners of this research tradition, outlines the key principles and practices of ethnotheatre in this clear, concise volume. He covers the preparation of a dramatic presentation from the research and writing stages to the elements of stage production. Saldaña nurtures playwrights through adaptation and stage exercises, and delves into the complex ethical questions of turning the personal into theatre. Throughout, he emphasizes the vital importance of creating good theatre as well as good research for impact on an audience and performers. The volume includes multiple scenes from contemporary ethnodramas plus two complete play scripts as exemplars of the genre.

New Playwriting Strategies

While this fundamental preceptseems obvious, itgives function and purposeto the staged reading:ifwe as playwrightswere certain how the script sounded,the process would be more direct from page to stage. In new playwriting ...

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.

Playwriting Made Simple

If you are ready to put your dreams into action, this streamlined playwriting and producing course is for you. Get the stories out your head and into the world. Take a leap so your passion can sprout wings. The time is now.

Author: Aaron Braxton

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1702651045

Category:

Page: 115

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PLAYWRITING MADE SIMPLE is the best self-guided course in the industry, specifically designed to teach aspiring playwrights and seasoned professionals, the methods necessary to create and produce compelling stage plays. It offers professional playwriting tips, tricks, secrets, strategic shortcuts and creative insights into playwriting for the theatre, that will bring your play from page to stage in 6 weeks or less! If you follow this playwriting course and thoroughly perform the playwriting exercises, you will be armed with all the tools necessary to become a better writer, insightful artist and shrewd producer, by transforming yourself into the playwright you always wanted to be. You will learn scene structure, playwriting formulas, levels of dialogue, character development, subtext, audience expectations, rising/falling actions, tension, format, how to develop your own voice and playwriting style, advertise, market, produce, find money, avoid clichés and more! If you are ready to put your dreams into action, this streamlined playwriting and producing course is for you. Get the stories out your head and into the world. Take a leap so your passion can sprout wings. The time is now. Open your heart and say, "YES!" Now begin.

Playwriting for Puppet Theatre

For various reasons, we playwrights find ourselves adapting stories for the puppet stage. ... Though committed to maintaining the integrity of the book, one can seldom expect to transpose from page to stage directly.

Author: Jean M. Mattson

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461670544

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

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Playwriting for Puppet Theatre provides a foundation for those puppeteers, teachers and librarians who want to develop suitable scripts for puppet theatre. Mattson explores the difference between traditional theatre and puppet theatre and notes the special characteristics of the various puppets. The important aspects of script writing are then addressed. She considers the many general questions which must be answered by the playwright: the type of puppet to be used, the audience, and availability of resources and facilities. Suggestions are then given for dramatizing original ideas and for adapting well-known stories. The chapter on plot development emphasizes the importance of perspective, transitional material and the need for action. One chapter proposes various ways to develop a character through dialogue, names, and behavior. Another chapter demonstrates how the use of rhyme can add interest and humor to a puppet play. Teachers will find suggestions on how to develop a play on a specific theme or about a specific character. Some attention is also given to the mechanics of writing a play. Includes a group of puppet plays which have been successfully performed by Seattle Puppetory Theatre. Among them are Rumplestiltskin, The Princess and the Pea, The Bad-Tempered Wife, The Golden Axe, The Swineherd, and The Fisherman and His Wife. Production notes follow each script. Several samples of manipulation charts are included which may be used as an aid in blocking the puppets and the puppeteers for the various hand puppet productions.

Playwriting with Purpose

A Guide and Workbook for New Playwrights Jacqueline Goldfinger ... For me, it's in the magic of that sharing – the enchanting transition from page to stage – that makes all of the trials and tribulations of writing worth it.

Author: Jacqueline Goldfinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000425062

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

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Playwriting with Purpose: A Guide and Workbook for New Playwrights provides a holistic approach to playwriting from an award-winning playwright and instructor. This book incorporates craft lessons by contemporary playwrights and provides concrete guidance for new and emerging playwrights. The author takes readers through the entire creative process, from creating characters and writing dialogue and silent moments to analyzing elements of well-made plays and creating an atmospheric environment. Each chapter is followed by writing prompts and pro tips that address unique facets of the conversation about the art and craft of playwriting. The book also includes information on the business of playwriting and a recommended reading list of published classic and contemporary plays, providing all the tools to successfully transform an idea into a script, and a script into a performance. Playwriting with Purpose gives writers and students of playwriting hands-on lessons, artistic concepts, and business savvy to succeed in today’s theater industry.

The Elements of Playwriting

Use all capital letters when the character name appears in stage directions or the heading that indicates who is speaking. ... First, if the dialogue creates only half a typed line on the next page (called a “widow”), don't spill over.

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.

Playwriting in Schools

Playwriting in Schools is a treasure chest of strategies that break down the process of playwriting with the utmost organization. ... How can we transition the play from page to stage? How do we, as teachers, engage all the students in ...

Author: John Newman

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783209088

Category: Education

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John Newman invites teachers to take their students on a playwriting voyage in Playwriting in Schools. The book examines why students who learn to write plays and work with a professional playwright in residence empower themselves and how teachers can teach the process of playwriting to make space for the student voice. Playwriting in Schools investigates how adult teachers and playwrights use playwriting as a strategy for student self-expression through two main approaches. One approach is the creation of fully-developed plays written either by individual students taught by teachers or through interactions between a team of students and a teacher-playwright. The other approach is developing plays through collaborations between professional playwrights, teachers and student actors, crafting new plays in ways that suit the needs, interests and learning of young people. Throughout, John and the teachers and playwrights he features express themselves with an artistic generosity that encourages us to widen the scope of our own programs by introducing students to the vast ocean of playwriting and play development.

Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth Century Britain

Whether or not she was responsible for the final draft of each play attributed to her , it was her understanding of the transitional process of translating the plays from page to stage which was at the center of her achievement .

Author: Tracy C. Davis

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521659825

Category: Drama

Page: 295

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This collection of essays recovers the names and careers of nineteenth-century women playwrights.

Contemporary Women Playwrights

2 (September 2007): 95–110; and Theresa J. May, “Greening the Theatre: Taking Ecocriticism from Page to Stage,” Journal of Interdisciplinary ... 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 195 Ecodramaturgy in/and Contemporary Women's Playwriting.

Author: Penny Farfan

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137270801

Category: Drama

Page: 328

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Breaking new ground in this century, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first of its kind to address the work of contemporary international women playwrights. The book considers the work of established playwrights such as Caryl Churchill, Marie Clements, Lara Foot-Newton, Maria Irene Fornes, Sarah Kane, Lisa Kron, Young Jean Lee, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Djanet Sears, Caridad Svich, and Judith Thompson, but it also foregrounds important plays by many emerging writers. Divided into three sections—Histories, Conflicts, and Genres—the book explores such topics as the feminist history play, solo performance, transcultural dramaturgies, the identity play, the gendered terrain of war, and eco-drama, and encompasses work from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Oceania, South Africa, Egypt, and the United Kingdom. With contributions from leading international scholars and an introductory overview of the concerns and challenges facing women playwrights in this new century, Contemporary Women Playwrights explores the diversity and power of women's playwriting since 1990, highlighting key voices and examining crucial critical and theoretical developments within the field.

Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

Many black writers considered themselves lucky if a church or community group staged a reading, and it was improbable that their scripts would ever make the transition from page to stage. For example, young playwrights like Zora Neale ...

Author: Cary D. Wintz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135455361

Category: Social Science

Page: 1392

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From the music of Louis Armstrong to the portraits by Beauford Delaney, the writings of Langston Hughes to the debut of the musical Show Boat, the Harlem Renaissance is one of the most significant developments in African-American history in the twentieth century. The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, in two-volumes and over 635 entries, is the first comprehensive compilation of information on all aspects of this creative, dynamic period. For a full list of entries, contributors, and more, visit the Encyclopedi a of Harlem Renaissance website.

Modern American Drama Playwriting in the 1940s

The viability of the works on page and stage these many decades after they first provoked and captivated audiences testifies to their illumination of something about human nature and relationships that is not fully contained by their ...

Author: Felicia Hardison Londré

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350017498

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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The Decades of Modern American Drama series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their works to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: * Eugene O'Neill: The Iceman Cometh (1946), A Moon for the Misbegotten (1947), Long Day's Journey Into Night (written 1941, produced 1956), and A Touch of the Poet (written 1942, produced 1958); * Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Summer and Smoke (1948); * Arthur Miller: All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), and The Crucible (1953); * Thornton Wilder: Our Town (1938), The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and The Alcestiad (written 1940s).

The Children s Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509 1608

... the techniques that allowed Shakespeare«s lively translation from page to stage, as we saw in Chapter Four on playing. Early schoolmaster playwrights like Udall experimented with the dynamic interaction of what Weimann describes as ...

Author: Jeanne McCarthy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315390802

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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The Children’s Troupes and the Transformation of English Theater 1509–1608 uncovers the role of the children’s companies in transforming perceptions of authorship and publishing, performance, playing spaces, patronage, actor training, and gender politics in the sixteenth century. Jeanne McCarthy challenges entrenched narratives about popular playing in an era of revolutionary changes, revealing the importance of the children’s company tradition’s connection with many early plays, as well as to the spread of literacy, classicism, and literate ideals of drama, plot, textual fidelity, characterization, and acting in a still largely oral popular culture. By addressing developments from the hyper-literate school tradition, and integrating discussion of the children’s troupes into the critical conversation around popular playing practices, McCarthy offers a nuanced account of the play-centered, literary performance tradition that came to define professional theater in this period. Highlighting the significant role of the children’s company tradition in sixteenth-century performance culture, this volume offers a bold new narrative of the emergence of the London theater.

Playwriting A Short Step by Step Group Oriented Unit

Written with a teacher introduction, playwriting workbook unit, and two example plays resulting from using the book, it's packed with information and exercises.

Author: Robin Snover

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781300733133

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International Handbook of Research in Arts Education

From page to stage to teenager: Problematizing “transformation” in theater for and with adolescents. ... Playwriting: How to write for the theater. ... Getting into the act: Interviews with six playwrights of participation theater.

Author: Liora Bresler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402030529

Category: Education

Page: 1629

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Providing a distillation of knowledge in the various disciplines of arts education (dance, drama, music, literature and poetry and visual arts), this essential handbook synthesizes existing research literature, reflects on the past, and contributes to shaping the future of the respective and integrated disciplines of arts education. While research can at times seem distant from practice, the Handbook aims to maintain connection with the live practice of art and of education, capturing the vibrancy and best thinking in the field of theory and practice. The Handbook is organized into 13 sections, each focusing on a major area or issue in arts education research.

Thinking Qualitatively

In many ways, it captures the breadth and depth of our work, while calling for us to be ever reflexive about our practices. I see this book as positively informing the work of novice and experienced researchers.

Author: Johnny Saldana

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483349848

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Written in Johnny Saldaña's elegant and accessible style, Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind boldly pursues the challenge of teaching students not just how to collect and analyze data, but how to actively think about them. Each chapter presents one “method of mind” (thinking analytically, realistically, symbolically, ethically, multidisciplinarily, artistically, summarily, interpretively, and narratively), together with applications, a vignette or story related to the thinking modality, points to remember, and exercises. Designed to help researchers “rise above the data,” the book explores how qualitative research designs, data collection, data analyses, and write-ups can be enriched through over 60 different lenses, filters, and angles on social life. Venturing into more evocative and multidimensional ways to examine the complex patterns of daily living, the book reveals how the researcher's mind thinks heuristically to transcend the descriptive and develop "highdeep" insights about the human condition. “This is a book for all qualitative methodologists. Not just a ‘how-to’ manual but an epistemological exercise in understanding qualitative methods.” —Cassie F. Quigley, Clemson University “This book fills an important void in the field. The market is crowded with books on techniques and strategies for conducting qualitative research. Saldaña’s volume provides a vital complement by encouraging students to develop the core analytical skills and interpretive frames they need to be truly successful in their research endeavors. He helps students flex and hone the epistemological muscles that are at the center of capable qualitative research.” —John P. Bartkowski, University of Texas at San Antonio “The focus of the book is clear and consistent. The writing is superb. It deals with sophisticated ideas in a clear and highly communicative style. It weaves important and relevant scholarship in ways that help the reader grasp the key ideas. It’s one of the best books I have read.” —Liora Bresler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign “Thinking Qualitatively invites students to think before they act and offers a rich set of options for qualitative researchers to consider.” —Michael Brown, University of Wyoming “This book brings together key ways of thinking about our work as qualitative researchers. In many ways, it captures the breadth and depth of our work, while calling for us to be ever reflexive about our practices. I see this book as positively informing the work of novice and experienced researchers. It is a much needed addition to the qualitative research community.” —Jessica Nina Lester, Indiana University