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Playwright Notes

by: Denise AJ

Playwright Notes Theatre 100

Denise AJ
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Intoduction to Theatre
Steven Smith
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Denise AJ on Sunday February 28, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Theatre 100 at Minnesota State University - Mankato taught by Steven Smith in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 30 views. For similar materials see Intoduction to Theatre in Theatre at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

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Date Created: 02/28/16
THEATRE 100-INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE Notes  Playwrights a. Actors, directors, scenery carpenters, sound & light technicians, make-up artists, musicians, etc. Playwrights often do their work alone. b. Qualities of a play: Intrigue (what happens next?) Credibility (is it believable?) Speakability (does the dialogue sound real?) Richness (detail/subtext) Depth of character (complex/relatable?) Gravity (theme importance) Compression (timeline) c. Playwriting process: Start with a plot idea/outline (from events, characters, personal experience, records, etc) d. Types of dialogue (Remembered and Imagined) e. Conflict, Structure of plays f. Famous playwrights: Arthur Miller (The Crucible, Death of a Salesman) Neil Simon (Rumors, Odd Couple) David Mamet (Oleanna) David Henry Hwang (M Butterfly) Tony Kushner (Angels in America) August Wilson (Fences) Suzan Lori Parks Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things) Lynn Nottage (Ruined) **GOOD LUCK!**


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