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Playwrights on Playwriting

Author : Toby Cole
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Rage And Reason

Author : Heidi Stephenson
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Rage and Reason explores the work of 20 leading dramatists who discuss their work from the perspective of being both playwrights and women.

State of Play

Author : David Edgar
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Rage And Reason

Author : Bloomsbury Publishing
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Women playwrights speak about their art and the theatre in this collection of interviews about a key decade of British drama. Twenty leading contemporary dramatists discuss their work from the perspective of being both writers and women. Each talks about the state of the theatre now, the craft of playwrighting, and the pressures of working within a male dominated environment. The book also features Sarah Kane's very last public interview. 'What I think is so exciting about the response to a number of the plays written by women in the last ten years is that they are popular with audiences - because they've got this quality, this energy and this culture that hasn't been seen much on stage before: a humour, sexiness and wit that's been missing' - Charlotte Keatley

Playwrights Teach Playwriting

Author : Joan Herrington
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"These ten essays by well-known playwrights explore the pedagogy of playwriting, offering insights into the way established playwrights communicate their own creative methods to young writers"--Publisher description.


Author : Fraser Grace
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Full of inspiration and practical advice, Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is a comprehensive companion to writing for the stage. PART 1 includes reflections on the art and the craft of playwriting, guidance on writing for a full range of genres and spaces and a brief history of playwriting itself. PART 2 contains inspiring advice and reflections from leading playwrights:April De Angelis, Bryony Lavery, David Greig, Christina Reid, Dennis Kelly, Frank McGuinness, Lynn Nottage, Howard Brenton, Roy Williams, Tanika Gupta, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Polly Stenham, Tom Stoppard, Jack Thorne, Steve Waters, E.V. Crowe, David Henry Hwang, Lin Coghlan, Zinnie Harris and Anne Washburn. PART 3 offers practical exercises and advice on planning and conducting research, working out plots and characters, mastering authentic but accessible dialogue, navigating the industry and the rehearsal and production process.

Women and Playwriting in Nineteenth Century Britain

Author : Tracy C. Davis
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This collection of essays recovers the names and careers of nineteenth-century women playwrights.

The Elements of Playwriting

Author : Louis E. Catron
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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.

The Collaborative Playwright

Author : Bruce Graham
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The interaction between the ideas of the playwright and the know-how of the dramaturg is vital to the success of any production. But not every writer is accustomed to thinking like a dramaturg. The Collaborative Playwright changes that by offering a lively dialogue between a highly successful playwright, Bruce Graham, and an equally accomplished dramaturg, Michele Volansky, supported by hands-on exercises to get you thinking and writing in new ways. The Collaborative Playwright gives you professional advice on how to get started with a play, how to structure it to be performed, and how to work with a dramaturg to turn it into a staged production. Graham and Volansky's fun, smart conversation offers step-by-step advice on each of the components of the craft - exposition, rhythms, characterization, structure, and story generation - all illustrated with clear examples from Graham's own plays. But unlike other books that advise playwrights, The Collaborative Playwright is written from two points of view: the playwright's and the dramaturg's. It's both friendly and packed with indispensable nuggets of information, including interviews with more than thirty current theatre artists whose collective advice articulates some of the more practical aspects of working in the theatre - knowledge that playwrights need as they write. Want to write plays that work as well on stage as they do in your head? Read The Collaborative Playwright, listen in as two theatre veterans discuss the crucial characteristics of good writing, and find out why, if you're writing for the theatre, it pays to listen to your dramaturg.

Playwriting at Work and Play

Author : Michael Wright
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"In Playwriting at Work and Play, Michael Wright answers these questions and many others, giving you the ins and outs on eighteen major programs. Between Wright's discerning insight and interviews with artistic directors you'll find the collective wisdom you need to determine how each of the eighteen programs might help you. In addition, Wright's discussions with professional playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, and other participants will show you how members of the industry view the work of play-development programs and how these programs impact the profession itself."--BOOK JACKET.

Playwrights on Playmaking

Author : Brander Matthews
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Author : Noël Greig
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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.

Playwriting Master Class

Author : Michael Wright
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Addresses the process of playwriting for the active playwright. Eight playwrights and their approaches to writing and revision are covered, and each case is followed by a series of activities that writers can employ in their own processes.

The Playwright s Process

Author : Buzz Mclaughlin
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Here is the first and only manual for playwrights ever designed to draw directly from the wisdom of leading contemporary dramatists. Interwoven with hundreds of quotations from the author's own in-depth interview series at the Dramatists Guild, in New York City, The Playwright's Process offers a fresh and lively discussion of the indispensable ingredients of strong dramatic writing. Every essential step the writer must take to create a well-written, stageworthy play is examined and explored. Also mining his own experience as a dramatist and a teacher of playwriting, author Buzz McLaughlin details the entire process of developing the kernel of an idea into a fully realized play—from the writer's very first jottings to the readings and workshops that lead to a professional production. Laying in the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, the exploration of character, the elements of good dialogue writing, and much, much more, McLaughlin reinforces every lesson with the words of: Edward Albee Lee Blessing Horton Foote Athol Fugard John Guare Tina Howe David Ives Romulus Linney Emily Mann Terrence McNally Arthur Miller Marsha Norman John Patrick Shanley Wendy Wasserstein Michael Weller Lanford Wilson A resource for beginning and experienced writers, The Playwright's Process is a virtual guided tour of the dramatist's challenging and often mysterious creative process, chock-full of specific techniques, practical exercises, and candid observations on craft and method straight from the mouths of working, award-winning playwrights. No book on playwriting has offered so much before, or in such an illuminating and integrated way.

To Be A Playwright

Author : Janet Neipris
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Originally published in 2005, To Be A Playwright is an insightful and detailed guide to the craft of playwriting. Part memoir and part how-to guide, this useful book outlines the tools and techniques necessary to the aspiring playwright. Comprised of a collection of memoirs and lectures which blend seamlessly to deliver a practical hands-on guide to playwriting, this book illuminates the elusive challenges confronting creators of dynamic expression and offers a roadmap to craft of playwrighting.

Playwriting in Process

Author : Michael Wright
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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.

The Playwright s Workout

Author : Michael Bigelow Dixon
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This collection of exercises is designed to build creative muscle in students of playwriting and will prove useful as well to working dramatists who want to build their skills while stretching their imaginative powers. Contributed by some of America?s foremost playwrights and playwriting teachers, these varied and inventive exercises offer new sources for dramatic inspiration, provide ways to embolden dramatic action, and encourage experimentation with the basic elements of playwriting.The thirty contributors include:Sarah Ruhl,Craig Lucas,Emily Mann,Ellen McLaughlin,Jon Jory,Kia CorthronSteven Dietz.While most playwriting guides introduce students to basic concepts and practices, The Playwright?s Workout offers a range of imaginative prompts to the creative act of playwriting.MICHAEL BIGELOW DIXON, as literary manager and dramaturg, has worked with hundreds of playwrights at Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, and the Guthrie Theater. As a director, he?s staged world premieres at the Florida Stage, the Magic Theatre, Commonwealth Theatre Company, Actors Theatre and the Guthrie. He?s edited 31 volumes of plays and criticism and currently works as resident director at The Playwright?s Center in Minneapolis.LIZ ENGELMAN is a freelance dramaturg living in Minneapolis. She?s worked on new plays and projects across the country and internationally. This is her sixth editorial collaboration with Michael Bigelow Dixon and has edited two volumes of monologues for women with Tori Haring-Smith. She?s past-President and current Board Chair of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and is co-founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm?s Fish Camp, a creative artists retreat in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota.


Author : Stephen Jeffreys
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This essential guide to the craft of playwriting, from the author of The Libertine, reveals the various invisible frameworks and mechanisms that are at the heart of each and every successful play.

Modern American Drama Playwriting in the 1980s

Author : Sandra G. Shannon
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The Decades of Modern American Playwriting series provides a comprehensive survey and study of the theatre produced in each decade from the 1930s to 2009 in eight volumes. Each volume equips readers with a detailed understanding of the context from which work emerged: an introduction considers life in the decade with a focus on domestic life and conditions, social changes, culture, media, technology, industry and political events; while a chapter on the theatre of the decade offers a wide-ranging and thorough survey of theatres, companies, dramatists, new movements and developments in response to the economic and political conditions of the day. The work of the four most prominent playwrights from the decade receives in-depth analysis and re-evaluation by a team of experts, together with commentary on their subsequent work and legacy. A final section brings together original documents such as interviews with the playwrights and with directors, drafts of play scenes, and other previously unpublished material. The major playwrights and their plays to receive in-depth coverage in this volume include: David Mamet: Edmond (1982), Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), Speed-the-Plow (1988) and Oleanna (1992); David Henry Hwang: Family Devotions (1981), The Sound of a Voice (1983) and M. Butterfly (1988); Maria Irene Fornès: The Danube (1982), Mud (1983) and The Conduct of Life (1985); August Wilson: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1984) and Fences (1987).

The Blunt Playwright

Author : Clem Martini
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Examines dramatic structure, discusses the creative process, explores the nature of character in dramatic work, provides a number of writing exercises that are useful for generating text, and cites international playwrights throughout.