The Playwright's Process: Learning the Craft from Today's Leading Dramatistsby Buzz Mclaughlin
Here is the first and only manual for playwrights ever designed to draw directly from the wisdom of leading contemporary dramatists. Interwoven with hundreds of quotations from the author's own in-depth interview series at the Dramatists Guild, in New York City, The Playwright's Process offers a fresh and lively discussion of the indispensable ingredients of/i>
Here is the first and only manual for playwrights ever designed to draw directly from the wisdom of leading contemporary dramatists. Interwoven with hundreds of quotations from the author's own in-depth interview series at the Dramatists Guild, in New York City, The Playwright's Process offers a fresh and lively discussion of the indispensable ingredients of strong dramatic writing. Every essential step the writer must take to create a well-written, stageworthy play is examined and explored.
Also mining his own experience as a dramatist and a teacher of playwriting, author Buzz McLaughlin details the entire process of developing the kernel of an idea into a fully realized play—from the writer's very first jottings to the readings and workshops that lead to a professional production. Laying in the basic building blocks of dramatic structure, the exploration of character, the elements of good dialogue writing, and much, much more, McLaughlin reinforces every lesson with the words of:
John Patrick Shanley
A resource for beginning and experienced writers, The Playwright's Process is a virtual guided tour of the dramatist's challenging and often mysterious creative process, chock-full of specific techniques, practical exercises, and candid observations on craft and method straight from the mouths of working, award-winning playwrights. No book on playwriting has offered so much before, or in such an illuminating and integrated way.
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There are plenty of playwriting books out there, and I'm sort-of a connoisseur of them. On the one hand, there are a lot of books that have interviews with leading playwrights, and on the other hand, there are a lot of playwriting 'how to' books. This book is the first I've found that so naturally weaves together practical tools for the playwright with guidance from the experts. Right in the middle of a section about dramatic structure or character is an insight from John Guare or Arthur Miller or Marsha Norman that demonstrates how even an award-winning playwright deals with these topics. You can't find a book that so uniquely blends exercises, techniques and well-placed quotes. This is an exhaustive resource for the beginning and experienced playwright.