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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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 ...

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

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. Here, audience members wait at the stage door after a production of A Chorus Line at ...

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

To talk about problems of the theatre is to enter into competition with literary scholarship. I undertake this with some misgivings. Literary scholarship looks on the theatre as an object; for the dramatist it is never something purely ...

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.

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

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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

The Art of the Artistic Director

Conversations with Leading Practitioners Christopher Haydon. writers. I think somebody who's been through ... I talk with the directors and the playwright talks with the directors, and almost always we agree on who is the best choice.

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.

The Playwright s Muse

CONVERSATIONS WITH JONATHAN LARSON Compiled by Amy Asch The material that follows is excerpted from previous ... and a transcription of his conversation with the composer 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.

The Theater of Tony Kushner

Jill Taft-Kaufman, “A TPQ Interview: Tony Kushner on Theatre, Politics, and Culture,” Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 24, no. 1, January 2004, pp. 38–54. Perry Tannenbaum, “Angels in America: Creative Loafing Talks With Playwright ...

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429675980

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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The Theater of Tony Kushner is a comprehensive portrait of the forty-year long career of dramatist Tony Kushner as playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and public intellectual and political activist. Following an introduction examining the influences of Kushner’s development as an artist, this updated second edition features individual chapters on his major plays, including A Bright Room Called Day, Hydriotaphia, or The Death of Dr. Browne, Angels in America, Slavs! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, Homebody/Kabul, Caroline, or Change, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, along with chapters on Kushner’s adaptations, one-act plays, and screenplays, including his two Academy Award-nominated screenplays, Munich and Lincoln. A book for anyone interested in theater, film, literature, and the ways in which the past informs the present, this second edition of The Theater of Tony Kushner explores how his writings reflect key elements of American society, from politics and economics to race, gender, and spirituality, all with the hope of inspiring America to live up to its ideals.

The Elements of Playwriting

As you envision your monodrama, you may wonder to whom the person speaks. Why does he or she talk aloud? If possible, simply ignore the question—the character speaks, and that's all there is to it. ... The playwright wisely.

Author: Louis E. Catron

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478608264

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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Being a playwright means more than just putting pen to paperit means expressing a personal point of view, bringing a vision to life, developing dimensional characters, structuring a plays action, creating effective characters, creating effective dialogue, and finding producers, directors, and actors to bring a work to life. Catron, a respected writer, producer, director, and instructor, explores these themes and more, presenting the basic principles necessary for writing a stageworthy play. By emphasizing stageworthiness, he shows how to avoid common pitfalls, such as treating a play as literature or being overinfluenced by cinematic writing. Examples from classical and modern plays are included throughout, as are exercises for sharpening and developing skills and practical guidelines on working with actors and directors, getting produced and published, and finding an agent.

The Playwright s Art

Conversations with Contemporary American Dramatists Jackson R. Bryer. Interviewer : When that happens , is it more likely to come from someone else rather than from your own hearing of the play ? Wilson : Sometimes it is , because ...

Author: Jackson R. Bryer

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105009774089

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

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This collection contains in-depth original and lively interviews with fifteen of America's leading contemporary playwrights--Edward Albee, Robert Anderson, Alice Childress, John Guare, A. R. Gurney, Beth Henley, Henry David Hwang, Larry L. King, Jerome Lawrence, Terrence McNally, Ntozake Shange, Neil Simon, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Wendy Wasserstein, and Lanford Wilson. Taken together, the careers of these dramatists span the entire history of the last fifty years of American theater. The writers talk freely about how they shape a play, how they participate in the production process, and how they feel about film adaptations of their work. The playwrights also dissect the changes that have occurred in the American theater since the Second World War, such as the increased costs of production and tickets, the shift in focus and style of theater critics, the absence of original plays on Broadway, and the growth of regional, off-Broadway, and off-off Broadway theater. The Playwright's Art includes an excellent, comprehensive, historical overview of contemporary American drama by Jackson Bryer.

World Theatre

The director then talks about the playwright, a man named Sudraka, who he describes as a noble and wise king. ... He tells the audience he should be speaking in Prakrit now that he is talking about common things, and not the elevated ...

Author: E. J. Westlake

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317561835

Category: Performing Arts

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World Theatre: The Basics presents a well-rounded introduction to non-Western theatre, exploring the history and current practice of theatrical traditions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the non-English-speaking cultures of the Americas. Featuring a selection of case studies and examples from each region, it helps the reader to understand the key issues surrounding world theatre scholarship and global, postcolonial, and transnational performance practices. An essential read for anyone seeking to learn more about world theatre, World Theatre: The Basics provides a clear, accessible roadmap for approaching non-Western theatre.

Conversations on Consciousness

Sue On the first day a very well known, famous philosopher spoke first and he gave a very boring talk, the second speaker was kind of dull, and so I was getting worried—like the playwright's opening night, you know—that this was gonna ...

Author: Susan Blackmore

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198039891

Category: Science

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In Conversations on Consciousness, Susan Blackmore interviews some of the great minds of our time, a who's who of eminent thinkers, all of whom have devoted much of their lives to understanding the concept of consciousness. The interviewees, ranging from major philosophers to renowned scientists, talk candidly with Blackmore about some of the key philosophical issues confronting us in a series of conversations that are revealing, insightful, and stimulating. They ruminate on the nature of consciousness (is it something apart from the brain?) and discuss if it is even possible to understand the human mind. Some of these thinkers say no, but most believe that we will pierce the mystery surrounding consciousness, and that neuroscience will provide the key. Blackmore goes beyond the issue of consciousness to ask other intriguing questions: Is there free will? (A question which yields many conflicted replies, with most saying yes and no.) If not, how does this effect the way you live your life; and more broadly, how has your work changed the way you live? Paired with an introduction and extensive glossary that provide helpful background information, these provocative conversations illuminate how some of the greatest minds tackle some of the most difficult questions about human nature.

Essential Dramaturgy

Example: The dramaturg and playwright talk about the use of musical terminology and accuracy in the piece during a play development process leading up to a public reading. The musical elements are approximate, they offer the mood and ...

Author: Theresa Lang

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317450344

Category: Performing Arts

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Essential Dramaturgy: The Mindset and Skillset provides a concrete way to approach the work of a dramaturg. It explores ways to refine the process of defining, evaluating, and communicating that is essential to effective dramaturgical work. It then looks at how this outlook enhances the practical skills of production and new play dramaturgy. The book explains what a dramaturg does, what the role can be, and how best to refine and teach the skillset and mindset.