Writing for the Stage: A Practical Playwriting Guide : 9780205412976

Writing for the Stage: A Practical Playwriting Guide

Clark
 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780205412976
ISBN 10
 
0205412971
Published
 
13/09/2005
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
304
Format
 
Available on demand
 
Title type
Book
$102.99
 
 
 
Description

With skills-focused exercises ranging from beginning to advanced levels, Writing for the Stage takes students through the creative process to develop a stageworthy script.

 

The purpose of Writing for the Stage: A Practical Playwriting Guide is to provide students with a variety of exercises to help develop writing skills for the stage that eventually lead to the creation of a script. Although there is no magic formula—no right or wrong way to create a dramatic work—there are still traditional expectations for plot, conflict, theme, character development, dialogue, etc. that need to be discussed.

Table of contents
  • Each chapter concludes with "Summary."
  • UNIT ONE.
  • 1. The Essence of Drama.   
  • 2. Getting the Idea.
  • 3. Planning The First Draft.
  • 4. The Professional Format.
  • UNIT TWO.
  • 5. Rhythm.
  • 6. Plot.
  • 7. Structure.
  • UNIT THREE.
  • 8. Physical Character.
  • 9. Sociological Characteristics.                                
  • 10. Psychological Character.
  • 11. Orchestrating Characters.
  • 12. Dialogue.
  • 13. Monologues.
  • UNIT FOUR.
  • 14. Settings and Costumes.
  • UNIT FIVE.
  • 15. Genre and Style.               
  • 16. Spine and Premise.
  • UNIT SIX.
  • 17. Writing and Rewriting.
  • 18. Getting Your Play Produced.
  • UNIT SEVEN.
  • Appendix I — Sample Syllabus.
  • Appendix II — Outcomes and Assessment.
  • Bibliography.
Features & benefits
  • Provides both a theoretical framework and practical exercises for developing skills, helping students gain a complete understanding of the creative process.
  • Includes exercises at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels for each topic, allowing instructors to choose the most appropriate exercises for their students.
  • Looks at the relationship of writing to the practical realities of today’s theatre, making students aware of how the realities of staging and budget must be considered in writing for today's theatre.
  • Explores three kinds of conflict: internal, personal and external, and conflict within society, providing many choices for developing dramatic situations.
  • Discusses not only the “masculine” linear approach to playwriting, but also “feminine” and non-linear structure, providing exercises for non-traditional, experimental scene development, opening students' eyes to exploring structure and character in more creative, experimental ways.
  • Devotes an entire chapter to writing monologues, including short monologues within plays and long, one-person plays, providing extra guidance in this important technique.
  • Offers extensive material on exploring character that is more detailed than in other texts, especially in the depth of physical, social, and psychological character development, providing students with a starting place to create characters.