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The Elements of Playwriting / Edition 1

The Elements of Playwriting / Edition 1

by Louis E. Catron


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The Elements of Playwriting / Edition 1

This book tells how to write stageworthy plays, develop your theatre sense, create theatrical characters, shape plot and dialogue, and find the resources to get your play produced.

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ISBN-13: 9781577662273
Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents



1.Being a Playwright.

2.What Makes a Play?

3.The Size of Your Canvas: Monodramas, One-Acts, and Full-Length Plays.

4.Where Do You Start? Turning Ideas into Plays.

5.Creating Characters: People in Action to Achieve Their Goals.

6.Building Plot: Shaping Your Play's Action.

7.Constructing Dialogue: Action Through Words.

8.Evaluating and Revising Your Play.

9.Script Format: Typing Your Script for Producers and Directors.

10.Resources for the Playwright.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a Midwestern physician by day and fledgling playwright by night. One year ago I decided to take an idea to paper and wrote my first play. The story was clear in my mind so the writing went easy. Within six weeks I had completed a rough first draft. At this point I ventured over to the local B & N to see what books they had on playwriting. There were several, but Louis Catron's The Elements of Playwriting caught my immediate attention. Standing there, I skimmed the contents then read a few pages. The book was full of pearls gleaned obviously from a lifetime of experience in the theater. I bought the book and ordered a coffee to read more, (isn't that the way it always happens?) Catron goads our left and right brains into action in ten chapters that range from how to get the play started, formatting the text and incorporating Aristotle's six elements of live theater into the work, to suggestions on getting your work published and performed. Various exercises to get the point across are used along the way. The book is a joy to read; a superb ¿nuts and bolts¿ treatise for the novice and veteran writer alike. I pick up something new each time I read it. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on how to be a playwright, involving as much with how one 'thinks' as what ones 'does.' In my opinion, Louis Catron¿s The Elements of Playwriting is the best book on the subject out there. It helped me complete my play and make it a more polished work. The book would be perfect as the main textbook in any college playwriting class. Louis Catron¿s ¿Elements¿ certainly ¿plays in the heartland!¿