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Playwriting at Work and Play: Developmental Programs and Their Processes

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Every play is different-as is every playwright. When you're shopping around for a play-development program to push your work toward new heights, you want to pick wisely, selecting one with the kind of process that suits your individual needs.

But scoping out development programs can be difficult. How do they actually work? What methods do they use? Are certain programs better for certain types of writers or certain types of plays?

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Overview

Every play is different-as is every playwright. When you're shopping around for a play-development program to push your work toward new heights, you want to pick wisely, selecting one with the kind of process that suits your individual needs.

But scoping out development programs can be difficult. How do they actually work? What methods do they use? Are certain programs better for certain types of writers or certain types of plays?

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 program artistic directors you'll find the collective wisdom you need to determine how each of the eighteen 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.

Every playwright is different - as is every play-development program. Let Michael Wright help find out which one is right for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007069
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Wright is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing at The University of Tulsa, where he teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and narrative film production. He founded and moderates the Fictional Characters writers collective, heads the "New Works for Young Women" playwriting project, and is the U.S. representative to World Interplay. He has written two other books on playwriting for Heinemann, Playwriting Master Class and Playwriting in Process, and has co-edited, with Gary Garrison, Monologues for Men by Men Volumes 1 and 2.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : art, commerce, dreams, space
Ch. 1 Process : a foundation 1
Ch. 2 The grandparent : new dramatists 15
Ch. 3 The O'Neill 24
Ch. 4 Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat 55
Ch. 5 New works for a New World 69
Ch. 6 Sundance 77
Ch. 7 The Bonderman and the community of theatre for young audiences 115
Ch. 8 The New Harmony Project 125
Ch. 9 Native voices at the Autry 132
Ch. 10 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference 143
Ch. 11 For the emerging playwright : WordBRIDGE and world interplay 155
Ch. 12 Continuous programs that support development year-round 173
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