Playwriting In Process: Thinking and Working Theatrically

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Much like athletes and musicians, playwrights must exercise their skills and practice their craft. But how does this ...

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Overview

Playwriting-in-Process was created to provide a resource, a craft-reminder/reinforcer, a stimulus, a self teaching mechanism, and a reference work. The urge which led to its creation came from feelings shared by many dramatic arts educators around the country, that playwriting textbooks in general aren't very useful—or used, for that matter—in the classroom.

Much like athletes and musicians, playwrights must exercise their skills and practice their craft. But how does this translate to the page? Can we exercise the way we think and write? Playwriting-in Process is a hands-on compendium of games and exercises designed to help do just that: stimulate creativity, provide reminders of basic craft skills, and build strong playwrights.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780435070342
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/4/1997
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Thinking Theatrically 1
Ch. 2 Working Theatrically 13
Ch. 3 The Etudes: What They Are and How to Use Them 21
Ch. 4 Technique Etudes 27
Ch. 5 Character Etudes 65
Ch. 6 Plot Etudes 99
Ch. 7 Etudes for Structure 145
Ch. 8 Collaboration Etudes 169
Ch. 9 Unblocking Etudes 191
Alphabetical List of Etudes 201
For Further Reading 205
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