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

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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: 9/6/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,009,096
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Farrell has been teaching playwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts since 1991. He also teaches theatre history, playwriting, and script analysis at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, and has been appointed six times as a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University. He began his work in the theatre as a director, producer, and theatre administrator in the San Francisco Bay area. From 1983 to 1986, he studied at the Yale School of Drama, where he earned an MFA in playwriting. His plays have been produced in New York City, Buffalo, New Haven, and San Francisco, and he has written screenplays for Universal Pictures, MGM, and Warner Brothers. He is currently finishing a new full-length drama and developing a feature film with an independent New York film company.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction
Ch. 1 The Playwright's Vision 1
Ch. 2 The Vision Understood 9
Pt. 2 A Vision of Change
Ch. 3 Realism 15
Ch. 4 The Epic 28
Ch. 5 Brecht and an Alternative Epic 45
Ch. 6 Afternote: A Few Words from Realism, the Epic, and Brecht 59
Pt. 3 A Vision of Futility
Ch. 7 Naturalism 65
Ch. 8 Absurdism 77
Ch. 9 Romanticism 89
Ch. 10 Afternote: A Few Words from Naturalism, Absurdism, and Romanticism 102
Pt. 4 A Vision of Mystery
Ch. 11 Expressionism 106
Ch. 12 Surrealism 120
Ch. 13 Afternote: A Few Words from Expressionism and Surrealism 133
Pt. 5 Final Words
Ch. 14 A Closer Look at Three Powerful Voices 137
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