Building Your Play: Theory and Practice for the Beginning Playwright

Building Your Play: Theory and Practice for the Beginning Playwright

by David Rush

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Overview

David Rush takes beginning playwrights through the first draft of a play and deep into the revision process. Drawing on examples from such classics as Othello and The Glass Menagerie, Rush provides detailed models for writers to evaluate their work for weaknesses and focus on the in-depth development of their plays.

Rush encourages writers to make sure their plays are clear and focused. He shows how to keep plays dramatically compelling and offers ways to avoid common mistakes that make them dull, confusing, or ineffective. He then distills the essence of traditional revision into key questions and discusses frequently overlooked tools, terms, and strategies that go beyond established methods of evaluation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809329595
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2010
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Rush heads the playwriting program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His plays have been produced at Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left, and Geva Theatre among others.  He is a past resident of the Inge Center and a member of Stage Left Ensemble and the Dramatist Guild. He is the author of A Student Guide to Play Analysis, published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction i

Part 1 The Fundamentals

1 Is It a Play? 13

2 The Four Keys 23

3 Goals 29

4 Obstacles 41

5 Strategies 48

Part 5 Putting Them Together

6 Plot 61

7 The Miniplay 78

8 Dramatic Questions 87

Part 3 Some Advanced Tricks

9 The Pigeon Sister 109

10 The Exposition Pig 121

11 Miscellaneous Tricks 129

12 Characterization 140

Epilogue: Revisions 155

Glossary 165

Index 169

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