The Art and Craft of Playwriting

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Jeffrey Hatcher knows the nuts and bolts of writing for the theater. Here, he shares his views on it all--from building tension and plotting a scene, right down to moving a character from one side of the stage to the other. From crafting an intriguing beginning to delivering a satisfying ending.

In Hatcher's one-on-one discussions with acclaimed American playwrights Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera, you'll find a wealth of practical advice, tricks of the trade and ...

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Overview

Jeffrey Hatcher knows the nuts and bolts of writing for the theater. Here, he shares his views on it all--from building tension and plotting a scene, right down to moving a character from one side of the stage to the other. From crafting an intriguing beginning to delivering a satisfying ending.

In Hatcher's one-on-one discussions with acclaimed American playwrights Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera, you'll find a wealth of practical advice, tricks of the trade and insight that will help you in your own creative efforts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884910463
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 354,353
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Drama and Theater 7
Ch. 2 The Six Elements of Aristotle 21
Ch. 3 Space, Time and Casuality 57
Ch. 4 Getting the Great Idea and Turning It Into a Play 67
Ch. 5 Structure 79
Ch. 6 Great Beginnings 93
Ch. 7 Great Middles 113
Ch. 8 Great Endings 123
Ch. 9 Dialogue 133
Ch. 10 Hedda Gabler: A Script Analysis 154
Ch. 11 Three Interviews: Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera 175
Afterword 205
About the Author 209
Index 210
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