The Power of the Playwright's Vision: Blueprints for the Working Writer / Edition 1

The Power of the Playwright's Vision: Blueprints for the Working Writer / Edition 1

by Gordon Farrell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325002428

ISBN-13: 9780325002422

Pub. Date: 09/06/2001

Publisher: Heinemann

Every playwright has his or her own vision of life - and seeks to express that vision on stage. Over the past two hundred years, the world's greatest dramatists have been constructing models, or blueprints of their visions, to make sure that what is in their hearts gets put on stage. This book distills that genius and innovation into a practical manual.

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Every playwright has his or her own vision of life - and seeks to express that vision on stage. Over the past two hundred years, the world's greatest dramatists have been constructing models, or blueprints of their visions, to make sure that what is in their hearts gets put on stage. This book distills that genius and innovation into a practical manual.

In a clear and easily understood way, Gordon Farrell makes available the most potent and effective structures ever devised by the world's most important dramatists. Playwrights like Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekov, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Lillian Hellman, Bertolt Brecht, Jean Paul Sartre, Harold Pinter, and Jean Cocteau all developed powerful new writing tools that empowered them to capture their personal vision of the world on stage. The Power of the Playwright's Vision describes not only what these techniques are, but also how they can be put to use, enabling today's working playwrights to bring the power of their own personal vision to life in the theatre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325002422
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
09/06/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,014,409
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Introduction
Ch. 1The Playwright's Vision1
Ch. 2The Vision Understood9
Pt. 2A Vision of Change
Ch. 3Realism15
Ch. 4The Epic28
Ch. 5Brecht and an Alternative Epic45
Ch. 6Afternote: A Few Words from Realism, the Epic, and Brecht59
Pt. 3A Vision of Futility
Ch. 7Naturalism65
Ch. 8Absurdism77
Ch. 9Romanticism89
Ch. 10Afternote: A Few Words from Naturalism, Absurdism, and Romanticism102
Pt. 4A Vision of Mystery
Ch. 11Expressionism106
Ch. 12Surrealism120
Ch. 13Afternote: A Few Words from Expressionism and Surrealism133
Pt. 5Final Words
Ch. 14A Closer Look at Three Powerful Voices137

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