Art of the Playwright

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In The Art of the Playwright, William Packard examines the craft in a way that will illuminate theatre for both aspiring playwrights and theatre-goers. He describes the practical art of how plays are made, how to use actions and on-stage visuals, and how to approach the appropriate development of character, dialogue, motifs, plots, and conflicts. He unites theory and practice, giving fresh expression and real relevance to the most important principles of dramatic action. ...
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Overview

In The Art of the Playwright, William Packard examines the craft in a way that will illuminate theatre for both aspiring playwrights and theatre-goers. He describes the practical art of how plays are made, how to use actions and on-stage visuals, and how to approach the appropriate development of character, dialogue, motifs, plots, and conflicts. He unites theory and practice, giving fresh expression and real relevance to the most important principles of dramatic action.

The practical craft of how plays are made: character development, plot, dialogue, on-stage visuals, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560251170
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Prologue: Why Write Plays?
Ch. 1 Dramatic Versus Narrative 1
Ch. 2 The Stage is a Visual Area 21
Ch. 3 Drama is Action 31
Ch. 4 Obstacles to Action 43
Ch. 5 How Much is at Stake? 51
Ch. 6 Character is Action 57
Ch. 7 Dialogue and Motifs 65
Ch. 8 Exposition and Titles 75
Ch. 9 Plots and Conflicts 85
Ch. 10 The Play Text Itself 91
Ch. 11 History of Plays and Playwriting 101
Ch. 12 Contemporary and Avant Garde Playwrights 109
Ch. 13 The Process of Playwriting 135
Afterword: Play Production 143
Notes 155
Appendix 159
Index 207
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