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School: Auburn University
Department: Theatre
Course: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Term: Fall 2018
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Name: test 2 notes
Description: through 10/15/2018
Uploaded: 10/16/2018
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background image 9/21/18 Theatre Notes
The Playwright
Theatre begins with the playwright o Wright: one who builds
o Considered “the primary artist”” in theatre 
o Typically works ALONE, unless the play is conceived through:
Improvisation Workshops  o Most time consuming of all the theatre arts
o Can take years (even a bad play) 
o The playwright usually retains the copyright
No rewriting without his/her permission  A high school production of the musical “A chorus Line” was shut down 
because the director 
o Cut role of gay man
o Edited language
o Edited some songs
Playwrights have... o High level of control over their writing
o Low pay comparatively to TV or film 
Playwrights o Open-shop union
o Considered management
Managers no allowed to strike according to U.S. law  License (aka rent) their plays to theaters  o Screenwriters and TV writers Closed- shop union Considered employees Writers “for hire” Sell rights Allowed to strike Highly paid Staff writers Up to $5,000-10,000 a week  Dialogue  o Words of the characters
o Humans speak because they desire something (extension of conflict) 
[not asked on exam, know for writing plays] o People may or may not say what they mean…but they always say  something that is designed to get what they want”   —David Mamet Stage Directions o Setting Mike’s living room o Actions of characters Catherine gives Hal a key o Parentheticals  (with a forced smile)
(terrified)
background image Tools of playwriting o Theme Meaning of the play Implied (usually—less powerful if explicit) o Character Playwrights are students of human nature Themselves People they know and understand o Conflict Constant of human existence A play is… “the history of a particular conflict”  o Subtext What’s under the words..  o Imagery Film Movies can show anything that can be filmed or 
animated (CGI)
Plays Confined space Smaller budgets Utilize picture making words Plot Real life structured A play structures life to find meaning (the lie that 
reveals the truth)
o Writing dialogue  When characters say exactly what they are thinking it is 
called…. ON THE NOSE
The character is expressing something that they would never say or 
would not be likely to say
A clumsy handling of exposition David Sadarus ­­ writes memoirs about his life Shakespeare  o Born: 1564
o Died: 1616
Queen Elizabeth I of England- monarch for most of Shakespeare’s
life (died in 1603, and James took over)
o Elizabethan time Period – Virgin Queen 
o Actors considered criminals if no protection of patron
Women considered property of men (like animals)  Women not allowed to act on stage  o Teen boys played women 

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School: Auburn University
Department: Theatre
Course: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
Term: Fall 2018
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Name: test 2 notes
Description: through 10/15/2018
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