Jeffrey Hatcher knows the nuts and bolts of writing for the theater. Here, he shares his views on it all--from building tension and plotting a scene, right down to moving a character from one side of the stage to the other. From crafting an intriguing beginning to delivering a satisfying ending.
In Hatcher's one-on-one discussions with acclaimed American playwrights Lee Blessing, Marsha Norman and Jose Rivera, you'll find a wealth of practical advice, tricks of the trade and insight that will help you in your own creative efforts.
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A dissapointing how-to on playwriting. While on the one hand Hatcher is engaging and is right-on about some things (like what it means to realize that a play is 2 hours of the audience's life), very often he is didactic and uninspiring. Large portions of the text consist of pointing out how famous plays conform to his interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics (like half a page on the "music" in Glengarry Glen Ross). There is not much practical craft advice; more "see how it is" than "what does this do?" Despite the fair amount of common sense, ultimately his vision is too restrictive for either a beginner playwright (who should be given tools, not rules) or a more experienced one (who will find no new inspiration, unless they've never even heard of the Poetics).(I admit I am plenty biased in how I think playwrighting should be taught, but hopefully you can gather something from this review.)The interviews at the back of the book with Lee Blessing, Jose Rivera and Marsha Norman are nice, but not particularly insightful.