Playwriting: A Complete Guide to Creating Theater

Playwriting: A Complete Guide to Creating Theater

by Shelly Frome


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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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