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.

Ivo van Hove

... What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing.25 In the final exchange of their conversation, ... The dramatist accepts the praise but goes on: Now we're heading in Britain towards an over-aestheticized European theatre.

Author: Susan Bennett

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350031524

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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This book offers a wealth of resources, critical overviews and detailed analysis of Ivo van Hove's internationally acclaimed work as the foremost director of theatre, opera and musicals in our time. Stunning production photos capture the power of van Hove's directorial vision, his innovative use of theatrical spaces, and the arresting stage images that have made his productions so popular among audiences worldwide over the last 30 years. Van Hove's own contribution to the book, which includes a foreword, interview and his director's notes for some of his most popular shows, makes this book a unique resource for students, scholars and for his fans across the different art forms in which he works. An informative introduction provides an overview of van Hove's unique approach to directing, while five sections, individually curated by experts in the respective fields of Shakespeare, classical theatre, modern theatre, opera, musicals, film, and international festival curatorship, offer readers a combination of critical insight and short excerpts by van Hove's collaborators, the actors in the ensemble companies van Hove works with in Amsterdam and New York, and by arts critics and reviewers.

Writers Talking

As a writer , I still think in terms of segments of action acts , scenes , and ' beats , like heartbeats . Sometimes when a story appears to be dying , I turn back into a director and try to revive it as I would a play .

Author: John Metcalf

Publisher: The Porcupine's Quill

ISBN: 0889842744

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 361


Eight interviews, eight stories, eight commentaries. Eight of Canada's finest writers. Writers Talking gives readers a chance to listen in: Terry Griggs on where stories come from, Michael Winter on writing Newfoundland, K. D. Miller on being an actor who writes. The volume also features stories by and conversations with Mary Borsky, Steven Heighton, Elise Levine, Annabel Lyon, and Lisa Moore.

The Theatre of Christopher Durang

What Playwrights Talk about When They Talk about Writing. Edited by Jeffrey Sweet. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Durang, Christopher and Wendy Wasserstein. 1996. “Of Plays about Politics and Politicians at Play.

Author: Miriam Chirico

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474288910

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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The Theatre of Christopher Durang considers the works of one of the foremost comedic writers for the American stage. From Durang's early success with the controversial Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (1974) to his recent Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2012), he has been an original theatrical voice in American theatre. Edith Oliver, long-time theatre critic for The New Yorker, described Durang as “one of the funniest men in the world.” Durang challenges traditional dramatic idioms with his irreverent comedies that are as shocking as they are prescient and compassionate. This volume provides the first comprehensive examination of Durang's works and incorporates comedic theory to examine how laughter in performance subverts social conventions and hierarchies. Through a clear, detailed discussion of the plays, Miriam Chirico considers Durang's use of black comedy, satire, and parody to explode such topics as: western literature, religion, dysfunctional families, and American social malaise. Robert Combs and Jay Malarcher provide additional critical perspectives about Durang's works, detailing his use of alienation techniques and locating his place within the American parodic tradition. The book also includes a warm introduction by Durang's former student, Pulitzer Prize-winner, David Lindsay-Abaire. The Theatre of Christopher Durang, in demonstrating how Durang has shaped contemporary theatrical possibilities, offers a valuable guide for students of American drama and comedy.

Theatres of Contagion

Sophocles (2001), The Complete Plays, trans. Paul Roche, New York: Signet Classics. Sweet, J. (2017), What Playwrights Talk about When They Talk about Writing, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Tarde, G. ([1890] 1903), ...

Author: Fintan Walsh

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350086005

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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To what extent is theatre a contagious practice, capable of undoing and enlivening people and cultures? Theatres of Contagion responds to some of the anxieties of our current political and cultural climate by exploring theatre's status as a contagious cultural force, questioning its role in the spread or control of medical, psychological and emotional conditions and phenomena. Observing a diverse range of practices from the early modern to contemporary period, the volume considers how this contagion is understood to happen and operate, its real and imagined effects, and how these have been a source of pleasure and fear for theatre makers, audiences and authorities. Drawing on perspectives from medicine, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, law and affect theory, essays investigate some of the ways in which theatre can be viewed as a powerful agent of containment and transmission. Among the works analysed include a musical adaptation and an intercultural variation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet; a contemporary queer take on Hamlet; Grand Guignol and theatres of horror; the writings and influence of Artaud; immersive theatre and the work of Punchdrunk, and computer gaming and smartphone apps

Screenwriters on Screen Writing

When soundfirst came to Hollywood, they brought outallthese playwrights, because they needed helpwith the talk.They tellthis oneguy towrite this onescene of a marriage breaking up.He did—ten pages; brilliant dialogue.

Author: Joel Engel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781401305574

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

View: 364


Before any lights, camera, or action, there's the script -- arguably the most important single element in filmmaking, and Screenwriters on Screen-Writing introduces the men and women responsible for the screenplays that have produced some of the most successful and acclaimed films in Hollywood history. In each interview, not only do the writers explore the craft and technique of creating a filmic blueprint, but they recount the colorful tales of coming up in the ranks of the movie business and of bringing their stories to the screen, in a way that only natural-born storytellers such as themselves can. These and other screenwriters have garnered the attention of the movie-going population not only with their words, but with headlines announcing the sales of their scripts for hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of dollars. Anyone interested in writing, making, or learning about movies will enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes compendium that brings together some of the most prominent and talented screenwriters in modern-day filmmaking.

Playwriting and Young Audiences

“One of the biggest mistakes [playwrights] can make is to suddenly not write as strong of a play simply because they're writing for young audiences and think they can't handle it. A misstep that often occurs is when playwrights say 'I'm ...

Author: Nicole B. Adkins

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783207503

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 150

View: 627


Despite the fact that there is a thriving presence of theatre for young people in today’s society, there is, however, no contemporary guide dedicated to the writing of plays for young people in both professional and educational contexts. We only have to look at the colourful and compelling plays of Matilda, Annie and Cinderella to realise that there is a surge in plays for the youth of today. Playwriting and Young Audiences helps to fill this gap by offering a comprehensive guide to developing subjects for young people through the use of both practical and critical advice from playwrights on all aspects of new play development.

The Playwright s Muse

Could you talk about the role of music, particularly with regard to establishing a time period and setting a cultural frame? WW: There are two things. First of all, the music itself helps me write. So, whatever play I am working on, ...

Author: Joan Herrington

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136542121

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 925


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

Talk Poetry

My poet friends even tell this story on themselves. If you have ever attended the popular Associated Writing Program's annual convention, it's certain you have seen those tables and tables of writers gesturing, arguing, intently talking ...

Author: David Baker

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1610754972


Page: 203

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What is more direct and intimate than one-to-one conversation? Here two forces in American poetry, the Kenyon Review and the University of Arkansas Press, bring together discussions between one of America's leading poets and editors, David Baker, and nine of the most exciting poets of our day. The poets, who represent a wide array of vocations and aesthetic positions, open up about their writing processes, their reading and education, their hopes for and discontents with the contemporary scene, and much more, treating readers to a view of the range and capacity of contemporary American poetry.

The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers

Murphy was a producer and then they got another someone to take over from Eddie Murphy . I just finished a rewrite , a draft of the ... What's lacking mostly in American playwriting 424 THE BELIEVER BOOK OF WRITERS TALKING TO WRITERS.

Author: Vendela Vida

Publisher: McSweeneys Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114587657

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 454

View: 722


A fascinating compendium of conversations between writers includes dialogues between Zadi Smith and Ian McEwan, Jonathan Lethem and Paul Auster, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace, and many, many others. Original.

Playwrights on Playwriting

Of course, in my plays there are people and they hold to some belief or philosophy-a lot of blockheads would make for a dull piece—but my plays are not for what people have to say: what is said is there because my plays deal with people ...

Author: Toby Cole

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780815411413

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 299

View: 950


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

Playwriting with Purpose

Writing. Electric. Dialogue. and. Silent. Moments. Dialogue Dialogue is simply words spoken aloud – long words or short ones, ... Just like people, every character speaks their own language, which is informed by their experiences, ...

Author: Jacqueline Goldfinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000425062

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

View: 631


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.

Focus on Playwrights

She was very encouraging and told me not to go to graduate school and not to bother studying writing; that I should ... You talk to other writers about their plays and you say, 'What do you think happens to the character afterwards?

Author: Susan Johann

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611177169

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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In 1989 Susan Johann was hired to photograph Christopher Durang for a magazine article about his play Naomi in Her Living Room. The playwright was known for his outrageous comedy, so Johann anticipated a session with a rather wild, young eccentric. To her surprise, the man who came to her studio was mild mannered and buttoned down. Johann found this twist captivating, and it was then that this project was born. Over the ensuing twenty-year period, she photographed more than ninety playwrights, including many winners of the Pulitzer Prize and other prestigious awards. Johann photographed Wendy Wasserstein, Anna Deavere Smith, August Wilson, and Nilo Cruz in the weeks after they won the Pulitzer. Tony Kushner sat for his portrait between the productions of part 1 and part 2 of Angels in America. Eve Ensler came to Johann’s studio during the week she was previewing her famous one-woman show, The Vagina Monologues, and George C. Wolfe sat for her the morning after his play Spunk opened at the Public Theater. Each playwright was photographed in Johann’s studio using the same film, a single light, and a plain backdrop, creating a portrait that captures and distills something essential—an intimate view. Her interviews explore the writers’ personal and creative journeys including their inspirations, roadblocks, and obsessions, which influenced their work on paper and on the stage. Even those who know Edward Albee’s plays intimately, for example, may be surprised by his incisive wit and inimitable voice as revealed in his interview with Johann. Beyond the book, Focus on Playwrights is also a live, multimedia presentation in which Johann narrates an inside look at creativity—the theater and photography. It has been given at such venues as the New Dramatists in New York, the Eugene O’Neill Theater, the Tryon Fine Arts Center and at the Photo Expo in New York.

Theatre Making

Somebody said tome afterwards – do you ever think you've already had the best day you wereever gonna have? ... If I talked to a group ofCatalan writers, which Ido regularly, or Spanish writers, or Scandinavian writers,they ...

Author: D. Radosavljevic

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137367884

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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Theatre-Making explores modes of authorship in contemporary theatre seeking to transcend the heritage of binaries from the Twentieth century such as text-based vs. devised theatre, East vs. West, theatre vs. performance - with reference to genealogies though which these categories have been constructed in the English-speaking world.

Playwrights in Rehearsal

I'm here to bring something else forward that is in the writing but is harder to get to: the effort to cope rationally with ... has “very carefully delineated a list” of questions for the playwright and he will talk to Rabe about them.

Author: Susan Letzler Cole

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136676895

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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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, granted rare access to some of the major playwrights of our time, recounts her participation in rehearsal with Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks, and others.

Contemporary Black British Playwrights

If I were to play devil's advocate, I might ask why so much black theatre has to be about race: isn't there anything else for us to talk about? [...] Black writers have to write about whatever they want. Write about race.

Author: L. Goddard

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137493101

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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This book examines the socio-political and theatrical conditions that heralded the shift from the margins to the mainstream for black British Writers, through analysis of the social issues portrayed in plays by Kwame Kwei-Armah, debbie tucker green, Roy Williams, and Bola Agbaje.

Twentieth Century Drama Dialogue as Ordinary Talk

When playwrights represent talk in dialogue, it is these structures and distributions that are presented and exploited ... more organically than this, drawing subconsciously on their communicative competence when they write dialogue.

Author: Susan Mandala

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351877244

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

View: 257


In this book, Susan Mandala offers a series of in-depth investigations into how the dialogue of four modern plays 'works' with respect to the pragmatic and discoursal norms postulated for ordinary conversation. After an account of the often-heated debates between linguists and critics concerning the analysis of drama dialogue as talk, four plays are considered: Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, Arnold Wesker's Roots, Terence Rattigan's In Praise of Love, and Alan Ayckbourn's Just Between Ourselves. For readers unfamiliar with linguistic approaches to talk, a chapter outlining the major frameworks used in the analysis of the plays is also included. By considering both linguistic and literary perspectives, this book extends the boundaries of traditional criticism and shows how the linguistic study of conversation can contribute to our understanding of dramatic dialogue.

Remembering Arthur Miller

Writer and journalist The first time I met Arthur Miller we talked about buses; in an empty bar, on a November afternoon in ... And then he sent me and Arthur upstairs, with the line, 'Arthur, this is Charlotte, another of our writers.

Author: Christopher Bigsby

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408150160

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 318

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Reflections on the late Arthur Miller from over seventy writers, actors, directors and friends, with 'Arthur Miller Remembers', an interview with the writer from 1995. Following his death in February 2005, newspapers were filled with tributes to the man regarded by many as the greatest playwright of the twentieth century. Published as a celebration and commemoration of his life, Part I of Remembering Arthur Miller is a collection of over seventy specially commissioned pieces from writers, actors, directors and friends, providing personal, critical and professional commentary on the man who gave the theatre such timeless classics as All my Sons, A View from the Bridge, The Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. Contributors read like a Who's Who of theatre, film and literature: Edward Albee, Alan Ayckbourn, Brian Cox, Richard Eyre, Joseph Fiennes, Nadine Gordimer, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Mitchell, Harold Pinter, Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Stoppard, to name but a few. Part II, 'Arthur Miller Remembers', is an in-depth and wide-ranging interview conducted with Miller in 1995. Bigsby's expertise and Miller's candour produce a wonderfully insightful commentary and analysis both of Miller's life and the life of twentieth century America. It covers Miller's upbringing in Harlem, the Depression, marriage to Marilyn Monroe, post-war America, being sentenced to prison by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956, and his presidency of the writer's organisation, PEN International. The discourse also provides a commentary on and analysis of his many plays andMiller's reflections on the Amercian theatre.

Writers Artists Yearbook 2022

I'd highly recommend doing this if you think a writers' group could be helpful for you (see https://royalcourttheatre.com/playwriting/writers-groups for more information) ... We read plays and talked about character, plot and structure.

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472982827

Category: Reference

Page: 816

View: 391


The latest edition of the bestselling guide to all you need to know about how to get published, is packed full of advice, inspiration and practical information. The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook has been guiding writers and illustrators on the best way to present their work, how to navigate the world of publishing and ways to improve their chances of success, for over 110 years. It is equally relevant for writers of novels and non-fiction, poems and scripts and for those writing for children, YA and adults and covers works in print, digital and audio formats. If you want to find a literary or illustration agent or publisher, would like to self-publish or crowdfund your creative idea then this Yearbook will help you. As well as sections on publishers and agents, newspapers and magazines, illustration and photography, theatre and screen, there is a wealth of detail on the legal and financial aspects of being a writer or illustrator. New articles for 2022: Peter James Becoming a bestselling author: my writing story Femi Kayode Shelf space: a debut writer's journey to claim his place Sam Missingham Building your author brand Jonathan Myerson Audio dramatist or novelist? Ed Needham Setting up and editing a new magazine Ingrid Persaud The winning touch: the impact of winning an award Cathy Rentzenbrink Reading as a writer Sallyanne Sweeney What a debut novelist should expect from an agent David Wightman Getting books to market: how books are sold Jonathan and Louise Ford Managing your finances: a guide for writers