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Playwriting Master Class does what no other playwriting book has: it looks at the range of creative choices as a new play evolves. Michael Wright challenged seven playwrights to create original ...
Playwriting Master Class does what no other playwriting book has: it looks at the range of creative choices as a new play evolves. Michael Wright challenged seven playwrights to create original work in reaction to the same prompt and to interpret that prompt in any way they saw fit. Through sample drafts, explorations, journals, and follow-up interviews, Wright offers special insight into these playwrights' processes, methods, and thinking -- allowing us virtually to look over their shoulders while they work. The playwrights span various generations, backgrounds, styles, and points of view, and include Elizabeth Wong, David Crespy, Elena Carrillo, Gary Garrison, Velina Hasu Houston, Guillermo Reyes, and Julie Jensen.
Playwriting Master Class will be a valuable classroom tool and an excellent resource for playwrights at all levels. Directors, dramaturgs, and actors will find its insight into the writer's methods and mentality extremely useful.
A fascinating and movingly honest look into several individual processes of playwriting, from the first kernel of dream state inspiration to the painstaking details of rewriting a final draft. More of an inside look into coaching sessions rather than our standard idea of a more rigid class, the book does indeed demystify the art of playwriting with revelations of the very individual progress down a creative road it is - albeit with helpful sign posts along the way.
- Morgan Jenness, Creative Consultant, Abrams Artists Agency
This book is an invaluable tool for anyone who seeks to understandint he secret that is playwrighting.
- Lee Blessing
This book is like an archeological dig: it reveals much of what usually remains buried about the most personal aspects of the act of writing. The eight playwrights in this book open up their processes to the reader’s scrutiny and in doing so, they provide a guide of sorts to the reader’s own trajectory.
A terrific addition to the literature on writing!
- Moisés Kaufman, Writer - Director, Tectonic Theater Project
This is a one-of-a-kind wonder of a book on the writer's complex,emotional process of writing a play. Deep inside you'll discover not only the unique path each writer takes to dramatically express their theatrical ideas, but you're privy to an assessment of that process by one our country's most important scholars in the theatre -- Michael Wright.
- Gary Garrison
|Introduction: An Overview||1|
|Chapter 1||Elizabeth Wong: Inside a Red Envelope||15|
|Chapter 2||David Crespy: Beshert||39|
|Chapter 3||Elena Carrillo: One Wasp||79|
|Chapter 4||Gary Garrison: Cherry Reds||107|
|Chapter 5||Velina Hasu Houston: Mister Los Angeles||137|
|Part III||Cut From Whole Cloth||159|
|Chapter 6||Guillermo Reyes: Bitter||161|
|Chapter 7||Julie Jensen: Give Us This Day||177|