Playwrights on Playwriting: From Ibsen to Ionesco / Edition 1

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For anyone interested in drama, Playwrights on Playwriting: From Ibsen to Ionesco offers revealing and astute insights on modern theater and the creation of plays. The book gathers the opinions and theories of the greatest names in the past 200 years of drama, among them Anton Chekhov, George Bernard Shaw, Federico Garcia Lorca, Eugene O'Neill, Bertolt Brecht, Tenessee Williams, Sean O'Casey, and Arthur Miller, to name a few. In the first part of the book, "Credos and Concepts," the playwrights offer their differing philosophies on the dynamics of theatrical performance and the changes in drama since Aristotle. In the second part, "Creations," the same dramatists look at specific plays of their own, commenting on their intended goals and the works' overall success. A unique and enlightening collection, Playwrights on Playwriting is an essential resource for the enthusiast of theater.

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Editorial Reviews

A well-chosen anthology that has special appeal for the aspiring playwright and others with an interest in the theater.
San Francisco Chronicle
Taking a place with books about theater is this excellent new anthology edited by Toby Cole…. With 27 writers represented, her cast certainly is all-star.
Christian Science Monitor
Students of the theater…will return again and again to Miss Cole's valuable compendium.
The Christian Science Monitor
Students of the theater…will return again and again to Miss Cole's valuable compendium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411413
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 803,275
  • Product dimensions: 5.57 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Cole is the editor of Actors on Acting and Directors on Directing. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Introduction xi
Part 1 Credos and Concepts
The Task of the Poet 3
Naturalism on the Stage 5
On Modern Drama and Modern Theatre 15
Advice to Playwrights 23
The Tragic in Daily Life 30
Language, Character, and Construction 37
Some Platitudes Concerning Drama 45
How to Write a Popular Play 53
The Authority of the Theatre 58
Two Laws 62
Memoranda on Masks 65
A Short Organum for the Theatre 72
Some Thoughts on Playwriting 106
Forgers of Myths 116
Why Verse? 125
Problems of the Theatre 131
Declaration 140
The Starting Point 145
Part 2 Creations
A Doll's House 151
Ghosts 154
Hedda Gabler 156
Miss Julie 171
A Dream Play 182
Ivanov 184
Widowers' Houses: A Collaboration 193
The Playboy of the Western World 201
The Tinker's Wedding 202
Six Characters in Search of an Author 204
Transfiguration 218
Masses and Man 220
The Machine-Wreckers 222
Hoppla, Such Is Life! 223
Mariana Pineda 228
The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife 231
The Sea Plays 233
Beyond the Horizon 234
The Emperor Jones 234
The Hairy Ape 235
The Great God Brown 237
Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel 240
Cock-A-Doodle Dandy 247
Murder in the Cathedral 250
The Family Reunion 254
The Cocktail Party 257
Death of a Salesman 261
Camino Real 277
The Bald Soprano 282
The Chairs 284
Appendix From Hebbel's Journals 285
Bibliography 289
Index 295
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