So You Want to be a Playwright?: How to write a play and get it produced by Tim FountainThis is a book that goes into a lot of the practical aspects of writing and staging plays. It spends less time on the techniques for writing plays but more on producing several drafts of the play, the right time to send it for review or inclusion in a repertoire, the business aspect of staging plays, amateur vs. professional groups, rehearsals and other details of production. Certainly a complementary text on any books you may read about writing plays. Tim Fountain is a British playwright who has a lot of experience in these matters and narrates these in an easy-to-read, practical style.
How to Write a Play
Certainly enough for me to follow up this week, as intended, with a serious list of things I believe theatre currently lacks. Young people: apparently my parents — your grandparents — bled the country dry. Please make some angry, funny, poignant theatre about this and what you intend to do about it. Please fix this. Grew up, like me, in the s? We still feel like new kids on the block. God damn it, we invented the block.
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From Playwriting For Dummies. Playwriting is an exciting and accessible performing arts scriptwriting discipline. Anyone can write a play, round up some friends as actors, and gather an audience to present original theatre at its most fundamental level. But to write great plays that enthrall audiences, you may want to explore playwriting in more detail. Here are some of the more common playwriting terms:.
Because the performance of any play is such an ephemeral experience, writing a play review can be an exciting, though difficult, task. You have to be both spectator taking in and enjoying the performance and critical analyst of the production itself. You have to be able to provide a very brief summary of the play, a close objective analysis of the performance you attend, and an interpretation and evaluation of the entire ensemble of staging, acting, directing, and so on. The review assignment asks you to analyze in an objective manner the relative success or failure of a given production. Note that you are not asked simply to summarize the plot or give an opinion regarding the text of the play being mounted; your review must be grounded in the production itself. Your job is to describe the production accurately, and then to render a value judgment of it based upon what you have seen and what you expected. The assignment will test your skill as a reader of the play and as an observer and critic of the production.