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Backwards and Forwards

Backwards and Forwards

A Technical Manual for Reading Plays

  • Author: David Ball
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809311101
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 96
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Explains how plays are structured, looks at theatrical exposition, theme, and images, and shows how to analyze a play and understand its production

How to Read a Play

How to Read a Play

  • Author: Ronald Hayman
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • ISBN: 9780802136299
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 113
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How to Read a Play is an introductory guide to the art of translating the printed page of a play or screenplay into dramatic mental images; it has been a classic among actors, directors, and writers for the past twenty years. Now fully updated and revised, the book devotes a chapter exclusively to screenplays, noting the intrinsic differences between a screenplay and a playscript and thus bringing this invaluable classic up to date.

A More Perfect Ten

A More Perfect Ten

Writing and Producing the Ten-Minute Play

  • Author: Gary Garrison
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing
  • ISBN: 1585104574
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 180
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A More Perfect Ten is a revision of Gary Garrison's pioneering book on writing and producing the 10-minute play, and it is now the most authoritative book on this emerging play form. The 10-minute play has become a regular feature of theatre companies and festivals from coast to coast, and Garrison has distilled the advice of many of those people who had been instrumental in promoting the ten minute play for the last few years. Replete with advice and tips on creating the successful 10-minute play, and cautions for avoiding the pitfalls, this new edition also includes addresses for the biggest and most important 10-minute festival opportunities, new sample 10-minute plays and questions for thought and discussion, and sample layout templates for laying out the play for submission. The savvy playwright at any level of skill can use this little book to great advantage. Plus Gary Garrison is warm, funny, irreverent, and essential.

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers

  • Author: James Thomas
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • ISBN: 1136021442
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 406
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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers teaches the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to gauge how the play should be performed and designed. Treatments of both classic and unconventional plays are combined with clear examples, end-of-chapter questions, and stimulating summaries that will allow actors, directors and designers to immediately incorporate the concepts and processes into their theatre production work. Now thoroughly revised, the fifth edition contains a new section on postmodernism and postdramatic methods of script analysis, along with additional material for designers.

A Source Book in Theatrical History

A Source Book in Theatrical History

  • Author: A. M. Nagler
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486315541
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 640
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An annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed passages includes views by observers from ancient Greece to modern times on acting, directing, make-up, costuming, props, much more.

A sense of direction

A sense of direction

some observations on the art of directing

  • Author: William Ball
  • Publisher: Quite Specific Media Group
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 182
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Mis-directing the Play

Mis-directing the Play

An Argument Against Contemporary Theatre

  • Author: Terry McCabe
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee
  • ISBN: 146169941X
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 130
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Terry McCabe, himself an accomplished stage director and teacher of theatre arts, here attacks what he calls the growing decadence that plagues contemporary stage directing. He argues for a radical reorganization of the director's view of his role. It has become an article of faith in the theatre, Mr. McCabe observes, that a play is about what the director chooses to have it be about. But what right does a director have to treat a play as a found object, to be reshaped to express the director's concerns? None whatsoever, Mr. McCabe replies. He examines anecdotally a range of work by different directors by way of offering a substantial critique of today's leading theory of stage directing, and he offers an alternate approach. He challenges the notion that a play is the director's vehicle for self-expression, arguing that the idea of the director as centerpiece of the theatre tends to distort plays and oppress actors. He explores what it means to direct a play when directing is properly understood as a process of self-effacement. Mis-directing the Play examines the role of the director as collaborator with actors, designers, dramaturges, and playwrights. Throughout, the book's focus is on shedding the counterproductive myth of the director as creative auteur and urging in its place a return to first principles: the idea of the director as the interpretive artist in charge of putting the playwright's play onstage.

Thinking Like a Director

Thinking Like a Director

A Practical Handbook

  • Author: Michael Bloom
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0571199941
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 239
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"Concise and engaging, Michael Bloom's book is for anyone who has ever uttered the phrase, "But what I really want to do is direct.""--BOOK JACKET.

Directing in Musical Theatre

Directing in Musical Theatre

An Essential Guide

  • Author: Joe Deer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136246703
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
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This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the very first conception and collaborations with crew and cast, through rehearsals and technical production all the way to the final performance, Joe Deer covers the full range. Deer’s accessible and compellingly practical approach uses proven, repeatable methods for addressing all aspects of a production. The focus at every stage is on working with others, using insights from experienced, successful directors to tackle common problems and devise solutions. Each section uses the same structure, to stimulate creative thinking: Timetables: detailed instructions on what to do and when, to provide a flexible organization template Prompts and Investigations: addressing conceptual questions about style, characterization and design Skills Workshops: Exercises and ‘how-to’ guides to essential skills Essential Forms and Formats: Including staging notation, script annotation and rehearsal checklists Case Studies: Well-known productions show how to apply each chapter’s ideas Directing in Musical Theatre not only provides all of the essential skills, but explains when and how to put them to use; how to think like a director.

The Dramatist's Toolkit

The Dramatist's Toolkit

The Craft of the Working Playwright

  • Author: Jeffrey Sweet
  • Publisher: Heinemann Drama
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 162
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In this informative guide, Sweet discusses such matters as: the building blocks of playwriting; how characters relate to one another; the differences and similarities between musicals and plays; and screenwriting vs. playwriting. --from publisher description.

Playwriting in Process

Playwriting in Process

Thinking and Working Theatrically

  • Author: Michael Wright
  • Publisher: Focus Pub R Pullins & Company
  • ISBN: 9781585103409
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 217
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Written to encourage new and experienced playwrights to build techniques for a greater range of creative expression in writing for the stage, the book uses exercises or etudes to help guide the playwrights towards an understanding of thinking and working theatrically. The etudes are designed to get writers writing and to encourage them to develop and further their creative processes. It is the experience of the creating and not copying (from famous writers) their own plots and characters that is emphasized through out.

Naked Playwriting

Naked Playwriting

The Art, the Craft, and the Life Laid Bare

  • Author: William Missouri Downs,Robin U. Russin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 341
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Naked Playwriting is a complete playwriting course?from developing a theme through plotting and structuring a play, developing characters, creating dialog, formatting the script, and applying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes. Naked Playwriting also offers sound guidance on marketing and submitting play scripts for both contests and production, protecting one's copyright, and working with directors and theater companies. Well-written, comprehensive, and filled with illustrative examples, Naked Playwriting includes both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, sage advice from veteran writers, a short study of the major schools of dramatic thought, and writing anecdotes. This one-of-a-kind playwriting book, which covers both the basics of playwriting and the practical advice on getting a play published and produced, will help both novices and working writers discover and improve their playwriting skills and see their plays performed on a stage.

Creating Life on Stage

Creating Life on Stage

A Director's Approach to Working with Actors

  • Author: Marshall W. Mason
  • Publisher: Drama
  • ISBN: 9780325009193
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 252
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A five-time Tony nominated Circle Repertory Company director presents an exploration of the collaborative and creative process through which scripts are transformed into live performance, outlining the principles of a good production while explaining how effective directors can promote production concepts that will inspire aspects from scenery and lighting to music and costumes in order to create a play's atmosphere. Original.

Why Read the Classics?

Why Read the Classics?

  • Author: Italo Calvino
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0544146379
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 288
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A posthumously published collection of thirty-six essays offering Italo Calvino's invigorating and illuminating analysis of his most treasured literary classics.

Script Analysis for Theatre

Script Analysis for Theatre

Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production

  • Author: Robert Knopf
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408185180
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 200
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Script Analysis for Theatre: Tools for Interpretation, Collaboration and Production provides theatre students and emerging theatre artists with the tools, skills and a shared language to analyze play scripts, communicate about them, and collaborate with others on stage productions. Based largely on concepts derived from Stanislavski's system of acting and method acting, the book focuses on action - what characters do to each other in specific circumstances, times, and places - as the engine of every play. From this foundation, readers will learn to distinguish the big picture of a script, dissect and 'score' smaller units and moment-to-moment action, and create individualized blueprints from which to collaborate on shaping the action in production from their perspectives as actors, directors, and designers. Script Analysis for Theatre offers a practical approach to script analysis for theatre production and is grounded in case studies of a range of the most studied plays, including Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, among others. Readers will develop the real-life skills professional theatre artists use to design, rehearse, and produce plays.

Playwriting

Playwriting

Writing, Producing, and Selling Your Play

  • Author: Louis E. Catron
  • Publisher: Waveland Press
  • ISBN: 1478608277
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 272
  • View: 2343
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A practical guidebook for effective playwriting! This imaginative and enthusiastic book is designed especially for those having the desire to create, to entertain, and to express their emotions and ideas. It features a practical, down-to-earth emphasis on craft and structure rather than on theory as its step-by-step approach shows just whats involved in creating a stageworthy play. Coverage includes basic considerations such as plot and character development, theme and dialogue as well as production and publication considerations. Outstanding features: offers concrete writing guidelines; includes exercises that get the reader going and inspirational anecdotes; presents excerpts from such classics as Macbeth, The Glass Menagerie, and The Dumb Waiter that help the student grasp key concepts; lists plays to read for instruction; includes valuable information not usually found in comparable collections.

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

  • Author: John Green
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0525555358
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: 304
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“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Dark Eden

Dark Eden

  • Author: Patrick Carman
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 006206178X
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Page: 336
  • View: 8163
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Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden? Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

The Art and Craft of Playwriting

The Art and Craft of Playwriting

  • Author: Jeffery Hatcher
  • Publisher: Story Press
  • ISBN: 9781884910463
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
  • View: 2106
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Jeffrey Hatcher knows the nuts and bolts of writing for the theater. Here, he shares his views on it all--from building tension and plotting a scene, right down to moving a character from one side of the stage to the other. From crafting an intriguing beginning to delivering a satisfying ending. In Hatcher's one-on-one discussions with acclaimed American playwrights Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera, you'll find a wealth of practical advice, tricks of the trade and insight that will help you in your own creative efforts.

The Elements of Playwriting

The Elements of Playwriting

Second Edition

  • Author: Louis E. Catron,Norman A. Bert
  • Publisher: Waveland Press
  • ISBN: 1478636882
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 199
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Louis Catron imbued experienced and fledgling playwrights with inspiration, guidance, and a passport to maximizing their writing skills as well as their overall ability to transform written words into a stage production. He understood that being a playwright is more than putting pen to paper. It involves expressing a personal point of view, bringing a vision to life, developing dimensional characters, structuring a play’s action, and finding producers, directors, and actors to bring the work to life. In the second edition Norman Bert infuses the enduring merits of Catron’s original work with examples, technological developments, and trends geared to today’s readers. Bert’s play references are familiar to contemporary students, including examples from plays written since 2000. He includes useful information on web-based research and the electronic submission process. A new chapter focuses on the playwright’s responsibility to lay the groundwork for production elements like casting, design, theatre architecture as it impacts audience–performer relationships, staging modes, and the uses and expectations of stage directions. Also new to this edition are reading resources for delving deeper into topics discussed.