The Playwrighting Talks

Eventually I collected this stack of notes; and people asked for ones they missed. This book collects my little lessons, organizes them and made me think about what was important, what was useful and what could be dropped.

Author: Albert N. Pergande

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1533022747

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"The Playwrighting Talks" began in a small Orlando playwrighting group called "Playwrights' Round Table." We meet once a month to read members' works, and several times a year present them to a local audience on stage. Our members rarely studied English, literature, or have a theatre background; they are engineers, lawyers, contractors, retirees and theatre fanatics. Our reading critiques began "What did everyone like?" Then we moved on to the dangerous "What didn't we like?" Discussions were heated, and passionate, and fun; but next month's version of the script rearranged the words, shuffled the action, but still had fundamental problems. Clearly, this method did not offer a useful path to a better script. I volunteered to write up some talking points about how stage plays worked, and went over them at the beginning of each month's session. The aim was to improve our member's writing process. My topics ranged from elements of storytelling to character motivations and development to attending theatre. They were often motivated by omissions in material we read the previous session. Our readers were asked to look for the elements of the day's topic in the pages, and this formed the basis of our discussion. Now the material we saw a second or third time was stronger, the writers more confident, and the rewriting process easier as script's fundamental problems became obvious. Eventually I collected this stack of notes; and people asked for ones they missed. This book collects my little lessons, organizes them and made me think about what was important, what was useful and what could be dropped. As I complied it examples of famous plays that did not adhere to these rules flittered through my thoughts. But those examples, often by Beckett or Sartre or Wilde, were written by authors who knew enough to know when they were breaking rules and had good reason to do so. But beginners need guidance; here I offer my version. There are many playwriting books on the market, most by authors much more qualified than I am. But these are things I struggled to learn, and I've mixed them with a few bits of advice on getting things on stage, either at the hands of a theatre company you may never meet or by your own efforts. You may never make a dime, but whatever happens, it WILL be interesting.

Edward Bond The Playwright Speaks

In this unique collection, David Tuaillon puts these pressing questions and mysteries to Edward Bond himself, provoking answers to some of his most elusive dramatic material, and covering an extraordinary range of plays and subjects with ...

Author: David Tuaillon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472570109

Category: Drama

Page: 216

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Over 50 years after his first appearance on the theatre scene, Edward Bond remains a hugely significant figure in the history of modern British playwriting. His plays are the subject of much debate and frequent misinterpretation, with his extensive use of allegory and metaphor to comment on the state of society and humanity in general leading to many academics, theatre practitioners and students trying - and often failing - to make sense of his plays over the years. In this unique collection, David Tuaillon puts these pressing questions and mysteries to Edward Bond himself, provoking answers to some of his most elusive dramatic material, and covering an extraordinary range of plays and subjects with real clarity. With a particular focus on Bond's later plays, about which much less has been written, this book draws together very many questions and issues within a thematic structure, while observing chronology within that. Edward Bond: The Playwright Speaks is potentially the most comprehensive, precise and clear account of the playwright's work and time in the theatre to date, distilling years and schools of thought into one single volume. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Edward Bond's Saved at the Royal Court Theatre in 1965.

Edward Bond The Playwright Speaks

At the beginning of the play, he talks about an old outcast woman he saw in a forbidden zone full of ruins. She was making huge efforts to drag a table ...

Author: David Tuaillon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472570116

Category: Drama

Page: 216

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Over 50 years after his first appearance on the theatre scene, Edward Bond remains a hugely significant figure in the history of modern British playwriting. His plays are the subject of much debate and frequent misinterpretation, with his extensive use of allegory and metaphor to comment on the state of society and humanity in general leading to many academics, theatre practitioners and students trying - and often failing - to make sense of his plays over the years. In this unique collection, David Tuaillon puts these pressing questions and mysteries to Edward Bond himself, provoking answers to some of his most elusive dramatic material, and covering an extraordinary range of plays and subjects with real clarity. With a particular focus on Bond's later plays, about which much less has been written, this book draws together very many questions and issues within a thematic structure, while observing chronology within that. Edward Bond: The Playwright Speaks is potentially the most comprehensive, precise and clear account of the playwright's work and time in the theatre to date, distilling years and schools of thought into one single volume. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the first performance of Edward Bond's Saved at the Royal Court Theatre in 1965.

The Playwright at Work

To familiarize the reader with the world of each playwright, Tichler and Kaplan introduce us to the environments in which the work happens, conducting their interviews in the playwright’s home, a dark theater, or a coffee shop.

Author: Rosemarie Tichler

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810127623

Category: Drama

Page: 314

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Rosemarie Tichler and Barry Jay Kaplan take us behind the scenes in conversations with thirteen of today’s most distinguished playwrights, including Tony Kushner, John Guare, Wallace Shawn, Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, and Sarah Ruhl. To familiarize the reader with the world of each playwright, Tichler and Kaplan introduce us to the environments in which the work happens, conducting their interviews in the playwright’s home, a dark theater, or a coffee shop. Topics of conversation range from the playwrights’ earliest memories of the theater to finding their unique voices, and from their working relationships with directors, actors, and designers to their involvement in the purely commercial aspects of their profession. Taken together, these conversations constitute a collectively taught master class in the art and craft of writing for the stage.

Talking Heads

A playwright is not the best person to talk about his own work for the simple reason that he is often unaware of what he has written.

Author: Alan Bennett

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571365395

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Theebook edition of Alan Bennett's celebrated monologues 'Alan Bennett's Talking Heads is pretty much the best thing ever.' David Sedaris Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with Talking Heads, a series of twelve groundbreaking monologues, originally filmed for BBC Television, starring Patricia Routledge, Thora Hird, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Stephanie Cole, Eileen Atkins, David Haig, Penelope Wilton and Alan Bennett himself. Uplifting, deeply moving, full of humanity and wit, they remain essential, glorious reading.

Talking Theatre

Candid, in-depth interviews published for the first time.

Author: Richard Eyre

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105124123501

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

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Candid, in-depth interviews published for the first time. Includes interviews with John Gielgud, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave, Arthur Miller, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett, David Hare, Christopher Hampton, Tony Kushner, Peter Brook, Peter Hall, Stephen Sondheim, and many more.

Theatre Talk

Interviews with Irish theatre practitioners

Author: Lilian Chambers

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0953425762

Category: Drama

Page: 495

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Interviews with Irish theatre practitioners

Educational theatre journal

The same year , operating counter to this dictum , director Jay Ranelli suspended
rehearsals an hour early to let the playwright talk to the actors . For the first time ,
Ranelli noted , the playwrights seemed genuinely to want to hear from the ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4911728

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New Theatre Quarterly 60 Volume 15 Part 4

Hecht , Werner , and the BUNA Chemical Workers , ' The Workers Talk to the Berliner Ensemble : Theatre and the Art of Living ' , TQ 13 ( February 1974 ) ...

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052165596X

Category: Drama

Page: 143

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New Theatre Quarterly provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet, and where prevailing dramatic assumptions can be subjected to vigorous critical questioning.

Playwrights in Rehearsal

During the director's absence , the playwright talks to Isiah Whitlock , Jr. ( Banks ) . “ There's an abstract quality here , ” Miller tells the actor .

Author: Susan Letzler Cole

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415919703

Category: Drama

Page: 262

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After the solitary act of creating characters, plot, and dialogue, the playwright has to work in concert with directors, designers, and actors to bring the words to life on stage. Cole interviews and observes eight American playwrights in rehearsal to document what a playwright gives and receives from the actors and directors, as well as the dangers that can accompany a playwright's sitting in on the rehearsal process, with its fits, starts, and explorations. Includes bandw photos of each of the playwrights: Sam Shepard, David Rabe, Elizabeth Egloff, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tony Kushner, Arthur Miller, Maria Irene Fornes, and Jean-Claude van Itallie. Cole is director of the drama concentration at Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

What Playwrights Talk about when They Talk about Writing

This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.

Author: Jeffrey Sweet

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300211443

Category: Drama

Page: 279

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The art and craft of playwriting as explored in candid conversations with some of the most important contemporary dramatists Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production, in a volume that marks the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series and the David Charles Horn Foundation Prize for emerging playwrights. Jeffrey Sweet, himself an award-winning dramatist, hosts a virtual roundtable of perspectives on how to tell stories onstage featuring extensive interviews with a gallery of gifted contemporary dramatists. In their own words, Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.

The Playwright Aleksandr Vampilov

He talks to her through a door that she has locked from the other side . She
listens at first , weeping , then wipes her tears and leaves . At the end of Zilov ' s
plea for her to stay when he suggests that they go on the duck hunt together , it is
Irina ...

Author: Vreneli Farber

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105110154510

Category: Literary Collections

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The first study in English of Vampilov's writings, this book argues that Vampilov was both an innovator in Soviet Russian drama of his day and a precursor of trends that developed in the 1970s and 1980s. Vampilov's work generated many debates because of the fundamentally subversive nature of its contents and its devices.

The Art of Theatre Then and Now

You can do this by staying for the talk-back or by waiting by the stage door, which is the exit where actors leave the theatre after the performance.

Author: William Missouri Downs

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781337517430

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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Bringing the fascinating world of theatre to life, THE ART OF THEATRE: THEN AND NOW, 4th Edition, delivers comprehensive yet lively coverage of the history, cultural diversity, creativity, controversy, and even a typical day in the life of theatre -- packaged in seventeen stand-alone chapters that can be studied in any order. The text is packed with useful information that readers can apply to their own lives, including material on copyrights, the National Endowment for the Arts, censorship, and freedom of speech. The authors also make timely and relevant connections between theatre and the digital world of TV and film to help today's learners understand how the living stage is unique. In addition, the text explores the issues and controversies that have surrounded the theatre for thousands of years -- giving readers more to think about. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Dramaturgy in American Theater

For some reason , despite the past history , I never felt comfortable talking to Eric
about his play , and now I know why . The question put to us is , “ How do you talk
to a playwright ? " and like any good dramaturg I ' ll start by critiquing the ...

Author: Susan Jonas

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019267108

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 590

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This comprehensive work is truly the first textbook in the field of dramaturgy. Most of the material-much of it by leaders in all areas of the theater-was commissioned for this collection, rather than being reprinted. Its currency and importance cannot be overestimated. A review of the history of dramaturgy as a profession, together with its European antecedents, gives students a sense of historical context. Selections from respected and recognized names in theater provoke student interest and communicate the benefits of those experts' experiences.

Playwrights on Playwriting

To talk about problems of the theatre is to enter into competition with literary scholarship. I undertake this with some misgivings.

Author: Toby Cole

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780815411413

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

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This is an extraordinarily important and unique book that is essential for playwrights, theater enthusiasm and courses on drama.

The Art of the Artistic Director

Conversations with Leading Practitioners Christopher Haydon ... I talk with the directors and the playwright talks with the directors, and almost always we ...

Author: Christopher Haydon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350016941

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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How do you decide what stories an audience should hear? How do you make your theatre stand out in a crowded and intensely competitive marketplace? How do you make your building a home for artistic risk and innovation, while ensuring the books are balanced? It is the artistic director's job to answer all these questions, and many more. Yet, despite the central role that these people play in the modern theatre industry, very little has been written about what they do or how they do it. In The Art of the Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon (former artistic director of the Gate Theatre, 'London's most relentlessly ambitious theatre' – Time Out) compiles a fascinating set of interviews that get to the heart of what it is to occupy this unique role. He speaks to twenty of the most prominent and successful artistic directors in the US and UK, including: Oskar Eustis (Public Theater, New York), Diane Paulus (American Repertory Theater, Boston), Rufus Norris (National Theatre, London) and Vicky Featherstone (Royal Court Theatre, London), uncovering the essential skills and abilities that go into making an accomplished artistic director. The only book of its kind available, The Art of the Artistic Director includes a foreword by Michael Grandage, former artistic director of the Sheffield Crucible and the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Routledge Revivals Arthur Miller and Company 1990

First published in 1990, this book presents a discussion with Arthur Miller, in conversation with Christopher Bigsby.

Author: Christopher Bigsby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351385855

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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First published in 1990, this book presents a discussion with Arthur Miller, in conversation with Christopher Bigsby. Miller talks openly and extensively about his own life and experiences, events and environments which provide material for his plays: his New York childhood, the Depression, the McCarthy witch-hunts. He discusses in depth both the technique of his writing and the moral and political questions which his plays address, and argues passionately for the importance of maintaining respect for human values in a world where they are so frequently transgressed. Interwoven with these conversations are contributions from actors, directors, designers, reviewers, and writers who have encountered Miller over the years – whether in person or through his plays – which attest to the universal and enduring importance of his work.

Tenaz Talks Teatro

Theatre. Council. ,. etc . Gracias , al Teatro de la Esperanza for all their work ! last
summer , it deals with the problems of ... CARLOS MORTON , who is currently
finishing his M . E . A . in Playwright in this institution , and is also playwright - in ...

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ISBN: UCSC:32106005758963

Category: American drama

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The Audience the Playwright

How to Get the Most Out of Live Theatre Mayo Simon. politely they will talk about
their differences at the Tenure Committee hearing ( which will cause him to lose
his house and the deposit ) . Flustered , he tries to keep the conversation going .

Author: Mayo Simon

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: UOM:39015056945242

Category: Music

Page: 221

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THE AUDIENCE & THE PLAYWRIGHT: HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LIVE THEATRE

The Playwright s Muse

CONVERSATIONS WITH JONATHAN LARSON Compiled by Amy Asch The material that follows is ... was published in American Theatre after Larson's death ( 1996 ) .

Author: Joan Herrington

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0815337809

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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August Wilson penned his first play after seeing a man shot to death. Horton Foote began writing plays to create parts for himself as an actor. Edward Albee faced commercial pressures to modify his scripts-and resisted. After Wit , Margaret Edson swore off playwriting altogether and decided to keep her day job as a kindergarten teacher, instead. The Playwright's Muse presents never-before-published interviews with some of the greatest names of American drama-all recent winners of the Pulitzer Prize. In these scintillating exchanges with eleven leading dramatists, we learn about their inspirations and begin to grasp how the creative process works in the mind of a writer. We learn how their first plays took shape, how it felt to read their first reviews, and what keeps them writing for theater today. Introductory essays on each playwright's life and work, written by theater artists and scholars with strong professional relationships to their subjects, provide additional insight into the writers' contributions to contemporary theater.