Playwriting: A Complete Guide to Creating Theater

Playwriting: A Complete Guide to Creating Theater

by Shelly Frome




Fifteen chapters explain every aspect of playwriting, with excerpts from classic and prominent modern works, quotations from noted playwrights, and anecdotes from the author's personal experiences with such masters as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. Interviews with A.R. Gurney, Lloyd Richards, Connie Congdon, Alfred Uhry, and others are included. An appendix gives information about submitting playscripts, getting grants, entering contests, doing play festivals, securing an agent and other topics of interest to aspiring playwrights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786477470
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 191
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shelly Frome is a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor and a prolific writer of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kenneth Pickering vii

Preface xi

Part 1 What Makes a Play "Play"? 1

Chapter 1 The Basic Ritual 3

Chapter 2 Stalking the Springboard 8

Chapter 3 Laying the Groundwork 16

Chapter 4 Charting the Course 25

Chapter 5 Tinkering with the Building Blocks 35

Chapter 6 Actualizing All the Characters 45

Chapter 7 Sketching in the Dialogue and Movement 56

Chapter 8 Shaping a Working Draft 65

Part 2 Activation 77

Chapter 9 Seeking Practical Advice 79

Chapter 10 Calling in the Players 89

Chapter 11 Pressing On 98

Chapter 12 Polishing and Reassessment 106

Part 3 Finding a Path 113

Chapter 13 Taking Stock 115

Chapter 14 Perusing the Market 125

Chapter 15 Examining the Life 139

Afterword 159

Appendix A Professional Playscript Format 161

Appendix B A Selected Bibliography 165

Appendix C A Directory of Market Information, Agents and Support 166

Appendix D Notes on Sources 171

Index 177

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