Writing Your First Play / Edition 1

Writing Your First Play / Edition 1

by Stephen Sossaman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 013027416X

ISBN-13: 9780130274168

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: Pearson

Concentrating on clearly stated fundamental principles, this brief but efficient reference guide takes writers, step-by-step, to the completion of their first play. A practical workbook, it covers everything from selecting an idea to doing critical revision—and how to avoid the frustrating errors that typically plague first time playwrights.

Overview

Concentrating on clearly stated fundamental principles, this brief but efficient reference guide takes writers, step-by-step, to the completion of their first play. A practical workbook, it covers everything from selecting an idea to doing critical revision—and how to avoid the frustrating errors that typically plague first time playwrights. Chapter topics include situation and story, characters, play structure, keys to holding an audience, dialogue, stage movement, and theme. Exercises throughout the book focus on the playwright and the play in progress, allowing readers to better assess their own drafts. For individuals and community writers groups—even those with little theatre-going experience, as they pen their first one-act or full-length naturalistic drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130274168
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
126
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

THE BEGINNING PLAYWRIGHT.

Are There Rules for Playwriting?

What Is Special About Theater?

Theater Isn't Film. Theaters' Requirements.

Being a Playwright.

The Writer's Workbook. Personal Journal.

Where Play Ideas Come From.

Situation. Story.

THE PLAYWRIGHT'S TOOLBOX.

Characters.

Major Characters. Protagonist and Antagonist. Levels of Motivation. Treating Characters As Individuals. Minor Characters. The Audience and Your Characters.

Play Structure.

Elements of Plot. Subplots. Acts. Scenes. Beats.

Five Keys to Holding Your Audience.

Emotions and Secrets. Conflict. Obstacles and Complications. Tension and Suspense. Action.

What Your Audience Sees and Hears.

Sets, Props, Lighting, Music, and Costumes. Stage Movement.

Dialog.

Dialog's Nine Major Functions. Characters Have Unique Speaking Styles. Pauses and Silences. Dramatic Irony. Subtext. Showing Emotions By Speech Disruptions. Exposition.

Theme.

WRITING YOUR FIRST PLAY.

Select and Evaluate Your Idea.

Decide How to Write Your First Draft.

If you Decide to Plan Carefully. If you Decide to Write Freely. Select a Working Title.

Write Your First Draft.

Troubleshooting. Writer's Block.

Evaluate Your Draft.

Evaluation Checklist.

Revise Your Play.

Develop Your Play.

Prepare Your Script and Ancillary Materials. Production Options.

What's Next?

Appendix A: Script Format.

Appendix B: Sample Synopsis.

Appendix C: Record of Submissions.

Appendix D: Addresses and Web Sites.

Appendix E: An Example: Ibsen's A Doll's House.

Index.

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