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Theater in Practice: Playwriting Literature Notes

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Theater in Practice: Playwriting Literature Notes THE 2000

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These notes cover the main ideas of the lecture on playwriting
Intro to Theater for Non-majors
Dr Osborne
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Date Created: 01/28/16
Theater in Practice: Playwriting Literature Main Questions 1. Where does the playwright begin? 2. How does creativity strike? 3. What are the tools of a playwright? 4. How does this translate into analyzing a production? Question 1: where does the playwright begin? • What story is being told? (content) o Characters involved, what is the plot? • How the story is told (Form) o Chronological order/ nonlinear o Musically o Psychological realism? Question 2: How does creativity strike? • Autobiography • Social and political issues • Overhead conversation • Evocative images, sounds, etc. • Adaptation • Research • Imagination Question 3: What are the tools of a playwright? 6 Main Tools • World of the play o A play's own unique society, morality, psychology and aesthetic reality • Characters o Often drives plot today o Revealed through: • What they say • What they do • How do they relate to others o Character types • Villains • Quirky side quick • Conflict o Person vs. person o Person vs. self o Person vs. nature o Person vs. society • Plays can have more than one type of conflict • Structure and plot o The way that the playwright reveals information to the audience o Three major types: • Aristotelian/ Climatic § Most popular type of structure § Exposition: background § Inciting incident: conflict begins § Rising action: conflict intensifies § Climax: crisis that resolves conflict § Denouement: harmony restored § Ex. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles • Conflict: who killed Laius • Exposition: plague, king died, queen remarried • Inciting incident: murder must be solved • Rising action: their investigation • Climax: Oedipus realizes he killed his father and married his mother • Denouement: Oedipus gouging eyes, Jocasta hanging herself § Orgasm Metaphor: • Plot structure: male • Episodic: female • Episodic § Popular on TV series § Multiple "scenelets" with climaxes § Disrupt chronology • Cyclic § Ends where it begins § Ex. Absurdist genre • Language o Syntax • Sentence structure • How to say same thing differently • Ex. You need to concentrate vs. concentrate o Diction • Word choice • Ex. Yeah vs. Yes Ma'am o Punctuation • Capitalization, dashes, periods, question marks, quotation marks • Ex. Die? Vs. Die! • Theme o Central message or idea that runs through the whole play Question 4: How does this translate into analyzing a production? • What is the relationship between text and the performance? • What is the director's production concept? How is it manifesting gin the show? • How does the playing space work with the show? Here is the audience? • How are the actors portraying the characters? • How do movements and choreography create pictures? • How do the design elements convey meaning?


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