New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting

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New Playwriting Strategies offers a fresh and dynamic approach to playwriting that will be welcomed by teachers and aspiring playwrights alike. Drawing upon the innovative work of the Language Playwrights -- including Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Eric Overmyer -- and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin, Paul Castagno questions the many assumptions and "givens" about playwriting and offers provocative and rewarding new models for narrative, dialogue, and character. His techniques and exercises give ...
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Overview

New Playwriting Strategies offers a fresh and dynamic approach to playwriting that will be welcomed by teachers and aspiring playwrights alike. Drawing upon the innovative work of the Language Playwrights -- including Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Eric Overmyer -- and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin, Paul Castagno questions the many assumptions and "givens" about playwriting and offers provocative and rewarding new models for narrative, dialogue, and character. His techniques and exercises give playwrights the license to experiment with language and to find imaginative solutions to complex dramatic problems outside realist conventions. This volume is an essential guide for the modern student of playwriting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878301362
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,410,143
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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Paul C. Castagno is Professor of Theatre at UNC-Wilmington where he served as founding chair of the Department of Theatre. He formerly served as Director and Head of M.A. Programs at the School of Theater at Ohio University, and headed the MFA Playwriting/Dramaturgy Programs at University of Alabama. He teaches playwriting, dramatic literature and directs, and has published books and/or articles on playwriting and commedia dell’arte.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 New Playwriting Strategies: Overview and Terms 1
Pt. I Strategies of Language and Character 15
2 On Multivocality and Speech Genres 17
3 Polyvocality and the Hybrid Play 35
4 The Theatricality of Character 52
5 Len Jenkin's Dramaturgy of Character: From Stage Figures to Archetypes 72
6 Eric Overmyer: Some Principles of Character Transformation 80
7 Mac Wellman: Language-Based Character 87
Pt. II Strategies of Structure and Form 93
8 The Dialogic Beat 95
9 Scenes, Acts, and Revisions 120
10 Foundations of Contemporary Monologue 137
11 Dialogic Monologue: Structure and Antistructure 148
Works Consulted 175
Index 179
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