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 inside a
ruined house, to then climb on it and fix a picture on an almost falling wall.

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.

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

Category:

Page: 76

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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.

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. Someone (I think, Tom
Stoppard) has compared the playwright confronted by his critics to a passage
through ...

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.

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: 9780300228052

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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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.

Theatre Talk

Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners Lilian Chambers, Ger Fritz Gibbon, Eamonn
Jordan. Irish theatre has developed through many phases since the beginning of
the twentieth century and we have tried to represent them here , in somne form .

Author: Lilian Chambers

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0953425762

Category: Drama

Page: 495

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Interviews with Irish theatre practitioners

The Complete 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. Someone (I think, Tom
Stoppard) has compared the playwright confronted by his critics to a passage
through ...

Author: Alan Bennett

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 9781429901048

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Alan Bennett's award-winning series of solo pieces is a classic of contemporary drama, universally hailed for its combination of razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity. In Bed Among the Lentils, a vicar's wife discovers a semblance of happiness with an Indian shop owner. In A Chip in the Sugar, a man's life begins to unravel when he discovers his aging mother has rekindled an old flame. In A Lady of Letters, a busybody pays a price for interfering in her neighbor's life. First produced for BBC television in 1988 to great critical acclaim, the Talking Heads monologues also appeared on the West End Stage in London in 1992 and 1998. In 2002, seven of the pieces were performed at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles for a highly praised brief engagement, and in 2003 a selection of the monologues premiered in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre. These extraordinary portraits of ordinary people confirm Alan Bennett's place as one of the most gifted, versatile, and important writers in the English Language.

Playwrights in Rehearsal

Houghton stops the reading , explaining that he has to " talk with the
management for a few minutes , ” and leaves the room . The actors immediately
begin to chat with each other . During the director ' s absence , the playwright
talks to Isiah ...

Author: Susan Letzler Cole

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415919703

Category: Drama

Page: 262

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'Playwrights in Rehearsal' is an inside look at the writer's role in the creative process of bringing his or her words to life on stage. Susan Letzler Cole recounts her participation in rehearsal with Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, and others. Cole follows these writers from staged readings in small rooms to season-opening world premieres and seeks to understand the playwright's role in the collaborative process of 'rewriting' the script during rehearsal.

Playwriting

1 This person talks like a tidal wave . 2 This person talks like a village pond . 3
This person talks like a stampede of horses . 4 This person talks like snake
sliding through the grass . 5 This person talks like a nuclear explosion . 6 This
person ...

Author: Noël Greig

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415310431

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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This book provides a practical guide for all those who are involved in the creation of text for live performance. Containing a wealth of exercises, the text takes the reader through each stage of the process of making a play.

The Art of Theatre Then and Now

Occasionally, a theatre will sponsor an audience talk-back, a postperformance
discussion where you get a chance to meet, and perhaps ask questions of, the
director, actors, and sometimes the playwright. If the play is issue-oriented, the ...

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.

Playwrights on Playwriting

The problems I face as playwright are practical, working problems, problems I
face not before, but during the writing. To be quite ... To talk about problems of the
theatre is to enter into competition with literary scholarship. I undertake this with ...

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 Playwright

Leading Man . ( TO LEADING LADY , sotto voce . ) The way that kid talks gives
me a pain . He speaks in a manner that leads one to imagine that he is great . I
shouid like to know where he learned it all . Leading Lady . What do you want ,
John ...

Author: Leonard Landes

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433111603498

Category: American drama

Page: 146

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We Can Be Superstars Public Relations and Self Promotion for the Playwright

BE NOTORIOUS To begin with, let's talk about punk, as it is a subject that will
come up repeatedly in this ebook. We'll get to playwrighting in a moment, but we'
re here to discuss publicity, and punk demonstrated that it's possible to get reams
of ...

Author: Bunny Ultramod

Publisher: Bunny Ultramod

ISBN: 9781458182845

Category: Business & Economics

Page:

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Thinking about the Playwright

So when New Playwrights - a New York organization whose name is self -
explanatory - invited me to talk to playwrights , I had a chance to get paid for
talking to myself . When Playboy offered me the chance to reach their wider
audience , I ...

Author: Eric Bentley

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810107333

Category: Drama

Page: 364

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Essays discuss Ibsen, Strindberg, O'Neill, Brecht, Shaw, acting styles, theater controversies, translation, regional drama, and the nature of theater

Broadway Talks

[The playwright] may say, 'I'd like my play done on a bare stage with nothing but
lights. ' And the ... In this interview, Richard Horner shows how the domains of the
producer and playwright have been defined by custom and careful negotiations.

Author: Arvid F. Sponberg

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313266875

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The volume treats the reader to a comprehensive view of American commercial theater and how it operates. It provides a unique view of what some of the movers and shakers in the commercial theater think about the state of their business. With one exception, none of the people interviewed has ever before had an extended opportunity to discuss, for the record, the nature of their work, especially those aspects that are usually ignored by the media. Those interviewed made comments on four broad topics: their personal background and key experiences in the theater; their views on the present state of financing, production, writing, casting, directing and designing; their insights into day-to-day theatrical management; and their opinions on proposed changes in theatrical practices.

The Playwright s Muse

CONVERSATIONS. WITH. JONATHAN ... ]onathan Larson: I always, always, from
the day I could talk, loved putting on plays. My older sister and my cousins ... 225
Gordon: What do you enjoy most about being a playwright? CONVERSATIONS ...

Author: Joan Herrington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136542121

Category: Drama

Page: 320

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

Talking Theatre

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

Author: Richard Eyre

Publisher:

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.

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times

Also in this collection is a series of new, short works, some never before produced.

Author: Neil LaBute

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 9781593763732

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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A collection of early work and new short pieces from “the bad boy of American theater” (Time). Neil LaBute burst onto the American theater scene in 1989 with his controversial debut Filthy Talk for Troubled Times. Set in a barroom in Anytown, USA, and populated by a series of everymen (and two beleaguered everywomen), this series of frank exchanges explores the innumerable varieties of American intolerance. A unique snapshot of the times, the play—seldom allowed production by the author since—provides a compelling look at the early thinking and evolution of one of our great theater artists. Also in this collection is a series of new, short works, some never before produced. They include “The New Testament,” a showbiz satire that takes a close look at the perils of color-blind casting, and “The Furies,” in which a woman helps navigate her brother’s breakup with his out—and then perhaps in-the-closet again—lover. “There is something of the sinister menace of Pinter in LaBute’s work (along with David Mamet, he is very much the heir apparent to that master).” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times “There is no playwright on the planet these days who is writing better than Neil LaBute.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

Conversations with Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller Talks Again Michigan Quarterly Review / 1967 From Michigan
Quarterly Review 6 ( 1967 ) : 178-184 . Reprinted by ... Q : " Is it a general rule in
the New York professional theater that a playwright has the pick of his director ?

Author: Arthur Miller

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878053239

Category: Drama

Page: 394

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Interviews with the American playwright cover his life, career, plays, and outlook on writing, the public, and modern theater