Writing Your First Play

This new edition is thoroughly updated and contains new examples based on contemporary plays. The author has added additional writing exercises and a new student-written one act play.

Author: Roger Hall

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781136082146

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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Writing Your First Play provides the beginning playwright with the tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. Based in a series of exercises which gradually grow more complex, the books helps the reader to understand the basic elements of drama, conflict, and action. The exercises help the reader to become increasingly sophisticated in the use of dramatic formats, turning simple ideas into a viable play. Topics include: the role of action in drama; developing action and conflict to reveal character; writing powerful and persuasive dialog; writing from personal experience:pros and cons; how to begin the story and develop the storyline. This new edition is thoroughly updated and contains new examples based on contemporary plays. The author has added additional writing exercises and a new student-written one act play. It also contains a new chapter on how to sell your play once it is written. With examples based on student work, this text both inspires and educates the student and fledgling playwright, providing solid tools and techniques for the craft of writing a drama. Roger A. Hall, a professor of theatre at James Madison University, had taught playwriting for nearly 20 years. Many of his students have gone on to write for theatre, television, and the screen. He has written numerous plays and articles and has acted and directed extensively in the theatre.

Writing Your First Play

This brief workbook guides students step by step through writing their first play.

Author: Stephen Sossaman

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 013027416X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 126

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This brief workbook guides students step by step through writing their first play. It covers the process from selecting an idea to doing critical revision and saves students from common frustrations by explaining and walking through the basics. --from publisher description.

Playwriting 101

Chapters on ideas, dialogue, character, genres, plot, target audience, and producing your work illuminate these and other topics in this "quick guide" on playwriting.

Author: Marsh Cassady

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1719307040

Category: Drama

Page: 106

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Marsh Cassady shares his expertise on how to turn your experience in life and theater into writing for the theater. Chapters on ideas, dialogue, character, genres, plot, target audience, and producing your work illuminate these and other topics in this "quick guide" on playwriting.

Playwriting 101

For about thirty-five years he led all-genre writing workshops in San Diego and in Rosarito, BC, Mexico, where he has lived since 1997. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

Author: HowExpert

Publisher: HowExpert

ISBN: 9781647587291

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 108

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To write for the theatre you need to know about theatre. Ideas are easy to come by. Examine your background, interest, and beliefs. Examine the world around you. Exercises can help you come up with ideas. Choose the audience you want to reach and write to that audience. To learn to write dialogue listen to and record everyday conversations. Dialogue should sound like ordinary conversations but has more direction. Know as much as you can about your central characters. Do a character analysis. Choose the character traits to emphasize. A character should come across as both typical and individual. Most plays have a plot, which involves conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist. The parts of a plot are: inciting incident, rising action, turning point, climax, and falling action. Other types of organization for a play are circular and thematic. Before starting to write, you need to develop a central idea. Plays exist for a number of reasons—entertainment, to bring attention to something, and to teach. You need to decide what you want to accomplish. It’s easier to gain an audience’s interest if you start with a theme they agree with. A play needs a sense of universality. A play should be unified, but it also needs contrast. Since theatre is a collaborative art, the director, actor, and designers may see the different facets differently than you do. It’s not difficult to have a well-written produced. Possible markets are schools, organizations, and professional theatre. Finished plays have to follow a particular format. About the Expert Marsh Cassady has had thirty-eight plays published and/or produced—including Off-Broadway. A former theatre professor with a Ph.D. degree, he started a playwriting program at Montclair State in New Jersey that included beginning and advanced classes, workshops, and individual projects. He also taught creative writing, including playwriting, at UCSD. Marsh is the author of sixty published books in a variety of genres from theatre textbooks to novels to true crime, and hundreds of shorter pieces. For about thirty-five years he led all-genre writing workshops in San Diego and in Rosarito, BC, Mexico, where he has lived since 1997. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

Young Playwrights 101

Then meet your new best friend: Young Playwrights 101, now in a newly revised edition, is designed to guide young writers through the playwriting process, from initial idea to submission and beyond.

Author: Jonathan Dorf

Publisher:

ISBN: 1620887320

Category: Playwriting

Page: 158

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"Do your students want to write plays that will actually get produced? Or are you a budding young playwright yourself? Then meet your new best friend: Young Playwrights 101, now in a newly revised edition, is designed to guide young writers through the playwriting process, from initial idea to submission and beyond. A complete course in a book, it's organized in easy-to-follow lessons and filled with practical exercises designed to hone young writers' skills and get them writing better plays faster. Among the topics you'll find inside Young Playwrights 101: Creating Characters and Conflict, The Three Act Structure and its Alternatives, Choosing the Right Setting, The "Question" of the Play, How to Use an Outline, Handling Exposition, Using Punctuation to Write Better Dialogue, Beginning and Ending Your Play, Dealing with Writer's Block, Rewriting with The Writer's Web and the Troubleshooter's Checklist, How to Have a Useful Play Reading, The Playwright's Bill of Rights, A Suggested Reading List, Links to Young Playwrights Contests and much, much more... Whether you're writing your first play, want to brush up on your skills or are looking for that missing "something" in your writing, Young Playwrights 101: Revised Edition, is the jumpstart you need to write plays that make it to the stage."--Amazon.com.

Plays and Players

While The Body , What particularly provoked the first play ? like his television film
Farmers Arms , is concerned with I was given an Arts Council Writer's Bursary to
the topical and troubling arguments of nuclear war , it has research a play about ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105118883367

Category: Theater

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The Human Nature of Playwriting

Harris said : “ I ' ve had a lot of shows where Cohan comes in and does a rewrite
just out of friendship . ... You see , writing for the theater calls for experience , and
with your first play you ' re getting your experience not in a training camp ...

Author: Samson Raphaelson

Publisher: New York : Macmillan

ISBN: UOM:39015066081509

Category: Drama

Page: 267

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The author offers a "case history" method as a means of exploring human experience, and explains the means by which such experience may be adapted to the dramatists' craft.

Illusions

... start writing for the theatre ? What was nights later , I suddenly knew what I
meant when I wrote your first play ? such and such . ... Mine is the poor man's
version of the Cloud of the Then he said , “ Why don't you write a play ? ” So I did
and ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105015270445

Category: Motion pictures

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The writer s handbook

People care , in your first play , I hope ; people feel strongly , whether it is love or
hate , happiness or despair . If you are able to get them ... Because you know it
best , your first play will be easier to write if you stay in realism . Expressionism ...

Author: Sylvia K. Burack

Publisher:

ISBN: 087116132X

Category: Authorship

Page: 838

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Young Playwrights 101

Here are just a few examples of topics youll find inside: Creating Characters Conflict Play Structure Choosing the Right Setting The "Question" of the Play How to Use an Outline Handling Exposition Using Punctuation to Write Better Dialogue ...

Author: Jonathan Charles Dorf

Publisher: Young Playwrights 101

ISBN: 9781599710693

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 152

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YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 101 is a complete playwriting course that uses easy-to-follow lessons and practical exercises to guide playwrights from idea through submission. While it was originally written with young playwrights and their teachers in mind, you dont have to be a student or drama teacher to benefit from YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 101: no matter what your age or experience, if youre looking for detailed, no-nonsense advice about the craft and business of playwriting-and to write plays that will actually be produced-this is the resource for you. Here are just a few examples of topics youll find inside: Creating Characters Conflict Play Structure Choosing the Right Setting The "Question" of the Play How to Use an Outline Handling Exposition Using Punctuation to Write Better Dialogue Opening and Ending Your Play The Writing Process Dealing with Writer's Block Choosing the Best Title Recentering Your Play Rewriting Using the Expanded Writer's Web and Troubleshooter's Checklist How to Have a Useful Play Reading The Playwright's Bill of Rights and much, much more Whether youre writing your first play, want to brush up on your skills or are looking for that missing something in your writing, YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 101 is the jumpstart you need to write plays that make it to the stage.

The Crafty Art of Playmaking

What is tragedy and how does it work?) to tips on directing (work with actors and technicians, when to listen to the experts, how to cope with rehearsals), the book provides a complete primer for the tyro and a refresher for the more ...

Author: Alan Ayckbourn

Publisher: Ingram

ISBN: 0571215092

Category: Playwriting

Page: 173

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In 'The Crafty Art of Playmaking', Alan Ayckbourn shares all his tricks of the trade. From helpful hints on writing (Where has your play come from? Where it is going? How does it get there? What is comedy and how do you write it? What is tragedy and how does it work?) to tips on directing (working with actors and technicians, when to listen to the experts, how to cope with rehearsals), the book provides a complete primer for the tyro and a refresher for the more experienced dramatist.

The Theatre

His ear listens for the bass note of the manager , " Write me a play as good as
your first and I will put it on at once . ” It does not sound ; managers are a canny
lot , doubly from Missouri ; he will have to show them not once but twice and
thrice ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112117965019

Category: Theater

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Your First Year of Teaching

For an exercise in objective versus subjective writing , after a lesson on
descriptive writing , bring to the class a ... Invite students to choose a short story
from a text and write it into a play and perform the play for their parents and
guardians . 46 .

Author: Richard Dean Kellough

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: UVA:X004862618

Category: Education

Page: 100

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Merrill/Prentice Hall has created a new Professional Development Series, designed to provide a wealth of resources for teachers and other education professionals. The booklets in this series discuss the common trends in a education today, such as No Child Left Behind and how to teach English Language Learners. All of the books in the series are designed to be short, precise guides to refer to quickly and easily in your classroom. If you would like more information on Merrill's Professional Development books, please visit www.merrilleducation.com.

The Carolina Play book

Funeral Flowers for the Bride , written for The Playmakers in 1937 by Beverley
DuBose Hamer of Eastover , South Carolina ( who vowed at the first that she “
couldn't write a play " ) won first place in England in the International One Act
Play ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951001890765B

Category: Drama

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ASTR American Society for Theatre Research Newsletter

Roger A . Hall ( James Madison ) Reid Gilbert ( Capilano College ) published "
And then we saw you fly published Writing Your First Play over here and land ' :
Metadramatic ( 1991 ) . Professor Hall spent the spring design in the Stage Work
of ...

Author: American Society for Theatre Research

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B4328847

Category: Theater

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Effective Writing

What games did you play in the wood lot behind the house ? Remember the fire
in the apartment house next door ? How did you feel on the very first day you
went to school ? What was the first play you ever saw ? Think about your first
dance ...

Author: Robert Hamilton Moore

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000120157536

Category: English language

Page: 609

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The Writer

A place for new playwrights . . . [ ' LL never forget that December night . It was
cold , it was 2 AM , and I sat in my living room , exhausted and shivering as I
typed “ The End " on the last page of my very first play . I was convinced every
word was ...

Author: William Henry Hills

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067425069

Category: Authorship

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Theatre Communications

The experience did a lot of good for me . The writer Dale Wasserman had seen
my first play at the O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference , then three
years later he saw the second play I did there . He said , “ You've been doing ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951001248175S

Category: Theater

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Writing for Radio

The recording of a play is very much a team effort , and to inhibit that process
through egotism is to block the very means whereby words can effectively leave
the page . Good writing is one thing – good playmaking quite another . The first
can ...

Author: Colin Haydn Evans

Publisher:

ISBN: 0749000074

Category: Radio authorship

Page: 109

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