The Blunt Playwright

A new edition of an invaluable guide to the craft of playwriting, featuring more scenes and new writing exercises.

Author: Clem Martini


ISBN: 0369100190


Page: 168

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A new edition of an invaluable guide to the craft of playwriting, featuring more scenes and new writing exercises.

The Blunt Playwright

Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Author: Clem Martini

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 0887548946

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 203

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Examines dramatic structure, discusses the creative process, explores the nature of character in dramatic work, provides a number of writing exercises that are useful for generating text, and cites international playwrights throughout.

One Hundred Stories for One Hundred Years

His texts on playwriting, The Blunt Playwright and The Greek Playwright, are employed in universities and colleges across the country.

Author: Clem Martini

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 9781550595352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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For 100 years, Wood’s Homes has offered a lifeline to children and their families who have nowhere else to turn. A multiservice, non-profit children’s mental health organization based in Calgary, Wood’s Homes serves communities throughout Alberta and in the Northwest Territories. In honour of the 100th anniversary of Wood’s Homes in 2014, this collection of 100 stories celebrates the deep and lasting impact the organization has had on those who have lived and worked there. The stories—sometimes quirky, sometimes raw, but always coming from the heart—also reveal the dramatic changes in the needs of young people and their communities over the last century.

A Playwright s Adventures

4 A BLUNT PHYSICIAN . C6 a young heiress not yet prepared for that most important event of her life , “ the coming out . ” Early in the morning he arrived ...

Author: Frederick Reynolds


ISBN: HARVARD:32044021133731

Category: Dramatists

Page: 356

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Scripting the Environment

The blunt playwright: An introduction to playwriting. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press. McKee, Robert. 1997. Story: Substance, structure, style, ...

Author: Geo Takach

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319404332

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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This volume explores how to engage audiences both beyond and within the academy more deeply in environmental research through arts-based forms. It builds on a multi-pronged case study of scripts for documentary film, audio-visual and stage formats, focusing on how the identity of a place is constructed and contested in the face of environmental concerns around fossil-fuel extraction in a globalized, visual society--and specifically on the rising, international public-relations war over Alberta’s stewardship of the tar sands. Each script is followed by discussion of the author’s choices of initiating idea, research sources, format, voices, world of the story, structure and visual style, and other notes on the convergence of synthesis, analysis and (re)presentation in the script. Included are lively analysis and commentary on screenwriting and playwriting theory, the creation and dissemination of the scripts, and reflections to ground a proposed framework for writing eco-themed scripts for screen, audio-visual and stage formats.

The Greek Playwright

This book picks up where The Blunt Playwright leaves off.

Author: Clem Martini


ISBN: 088754875X

Category: Drama

Page: 135

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This book picks up where The Blunt Playwright leaves off.

Playwright Space and Place in Early Modern Performance

1 Douglas and Blunt enter from the field and fight. Douglas kills Blunt, believing him to be the King; 13 Douglas is joined by Hotspur, who uncovers Blunt's ...

Author: Mr Tim Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409478980

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Analyzing Elizabethan and Jacobean playtexts for their spatial implications, this innovative study discloses the extent to which the resources and constraints of public playhouse buildings affected the construction of the fictional worlds of early modern plays. The study argues that playwrights were writing with foresight, inscribing the constraints and resources of the stages into their texts. It goes further, to posit that Shakespeare and his playwright-contemporaries adhered to a set of generic conventions, rather than specific local company practices, about how space and place were to be related in performance: the playwrights constituted thus an overarching virtual 'company' producing playtexts that shared features across the acting companies and playhouses. By clarifying a sixteenth- to seventeenth-century conception of theatrical place, Tim Fitzpatrick adds a new layer of meaning to our understanding of the plays. His approach adds a new dimension to these particular documents which–though many of them are considered of great literary worth–were not originally generated for any other reason than to be performed within a specific performance context. The fact that the playwrights were aware of the features of this performance tradition makes their texts a potential mine of performance information, and casts light back on the texts themselves: if some of their meanings are 'spatial', these will have been missed by purely literary tools of analysis.

The Ancient Comedians

An exploration of the strategies used by comedy's ancient innovators.

Author: Clem Martini

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group

ISBN: 1770912738

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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An exploration of the strategies used by comedy's ancient innovators.

Genesis of an American Playwright

He was very blunt and straightforward and said he was treating me like a ... that I lost my interest in acting and began to think of myself as a playwright.

Author: Horton Foote

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 9780918954916

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 287

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In Genesis of an American Playwright Horton Foote, one of the greatest American playwrights of the twentieth century, reflects upon his journey from his childhood in Wharton, Texas, through his early experiences as an actor in the theatre, to his mature vocation as a playwright. All along the way, Foote carefully identifies the people and influences that shaped his character and nurtured his art. What is remarkable about this book is equally remarkable about his drama: he writes with an effortlessness that belies the intimacy of the art emanating from deep within. The stories are simply told, but complex in their resonance. Foote not only reveals his immediate professional world, but he also provides a running commentary on the changes in American culture. This book makes for as fascinating reading as it does compelling history. On December 20, 2000, President Bill Clinton conferred the National Medal of Arts on Texas dramatist, Horton Foote, and noted that Foote's six-decade-long, award-winning career established him as the nation's most prolific writer for stage, film, and television. Foote's many awards include two Academy Awards, an Emmy, a Burkey Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America, the Lucille Lortel Award, and his induction into both the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Without question, Horton Foote has enriched American literature with his unique writing style and his truthful examinations of the human condition. Besides To Kill A Mockingbird and The Trip To Bountiful, Foote has written a score of notable plays, teleplays, and films.

Robertson Davies Playwright

Elizabeth sees herself as the soul of delicacy, sorely tried by the rough and blunt character of her husband. Her delicacy is made ridiculous when she begs ...

Author: Susan Stone-Blackburn

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774843331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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In this book, Susan Stone-Blackburn studies how the tastes and concerns of one of Canada's leading writers have been given dramatic expression, beginning with The King Who Could Not Dream and Benoni and ending with Question Time and Pontiac and the Green Man. She also examines how Davies' playwriting has been influenced by the dominant tastes of his time and by the conditions under which his plays have been performed. Dealing with the plays chronologically, Stone-Blackburn reveals Davies' fondness for theatricality as opposed to realism, for mythic flavour and archetypal character, his romanticism, and his irrepressible humour.

The Elements of Playwriting

You need to face a blunt truth: The playwright who refuses to revise has little chance of surviving theatre's realities. Rewriting simply comes with the ...

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.

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights

They are thus turned into spokespersons for the playwright herself, who employs them to revisit her own career as an artist and writer and to foreground ...


Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408134801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights is an authoritative single-volume guide to the work of twenty-five American playwrights from the second half of the twentieth century, written by a team of twenty-five eminent scholars from the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany and Ireland contributing individual studies to the work of each playwright. Each of the twenty-five chapters provides: a biographical introduction to the playwright and their work; a survey and concise analysis of each of the writer's published plays; a discussion of their style, dramaturgical concerns and the critical reception; and a full bibliography of published plays, listing of premieres and a select list of critical works. Among the many Tony, Obie and Pulitzer prize-winning playwrights included are Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Paula Vogel, Tracey Letts and Neil LaBute, besides many more. Unrivalled in its coverage of recent work and writers, this collection surveys and analyses the breadth, vitality and development of theatrical work to emerge from America over the last fifty years.

The Playwright s Muse

... must be governed by as much of an understanding of that complexity as possible; and no blunt easy solutions, boycotts, bombs, exploitation by Unocal ...

Author: Joan Herrington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136542190

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Performing Women

Female Characters, Male Playwrights, and the Modern Stage Gay Gibson Cima ... Anton Chekhov.33 Jerry Blunt concurs with the playwright - centered view : “ A ...

Author: Gay Gibson Cima

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801483379

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 233

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Argues that critics have misunderstood the relationship between male playwrights and women's roles because they have neglected the interpretive skills of the actresses playing those roles. Analyzes hypothetical as well as historical performances to demonstrate how women have invented acting styles to portray women created by playwrights from Ibsen to Beckett. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Profession of the Playwright

... Appendixes Notes Bibliograp/gr Index of plays and playwrights General index page H >4 ... characteristically blunt assertion that 'No man but a ix Contents.

Author: John Russell Stephens

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521034434

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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This is the first book to examine the working world of the playwright in nineteenth-century Britain. It was often a risky and financially uncertain profession, yet the magic of the theater attracted authors from widely different backgrounds--journalists, lawyers, churchmen, civil servants, printers, and actors, as well as prominent poets and novelists. In a fascinating account of the frustrations and the rewards of dramatic authorship, Stephens uncovers fresh information on the playwright's earnings, relationships with actors, managers, publishers, and audience, and offers a new perspective on his growing status as a professional. Further chapters focus on the struggle for copyright reform and the complexities of dramatic publishing. A large number of major and minor authors are discussed, among them Planché, Fitzball, Boucicault, Pinero, Grundy, Gilbert, Jones, and Shaw.

J M Synge the Passionate Playwright

His characters visionaries, tramps, beggars, tragic heroines, innocent rustics, selfish and blunt men and women – demand an idiom of primitive harmony of ...

Author: Dr. Vayala Vasudevan Pillai

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781482852233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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The book is an attempt at intensely evaluating the works of J.M Synge, the Irish Literary revivalist and experimental dramatist. The author Dr Vayala has meticulously appraised the entire dramatic and poetic content of Synge`s writings and marvels at his innovative stage craft. ( Please refer for more details to the author`s preface of the work)