The Playwright by Cohen

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A summary of text about the history and function of the playwright, from the Greeks to the present.


<ul><li> 1. Playwriting <ul><li>Playwrights: </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>AT HOME: Master, initiator, in control, characters cascade through his head </li></ul> <p> 2. </p> <ul><li>In the theatre: lonely figure, huddling over a legal pad in the back row scarcely noticed certain the theatre dilutes his ideas </li></ul> <p> 3. Playwrights position </p> <ul><li>Central --initiates everything --pivotal figure </li></ul> <ul><li>Peripheral actors, directors artists forget him </li></ul> <p> 4. </p> <ul><li>Most important characteristic? INDEPENDENCE </li></ul> <p> 5. We are ALL playwrights </p> <ul><li>In our dreams Night and Day </li></ul> <ul><li>Can come from anywhere, </li></ul> <ul><li>And do! </li></ul> <p> 6. Two aspects, First: </p> <ul><li>Literary: WRIGHT:amakerlike a wheelwright makes wheels </li></ul> <p> 7. Second: </p> <ul><li>Non-literary: a</li></ul> <ul><li>Conceptualization of the interaction of a myriad of elements:speech, scenery, costume, staging, music, spectacle, silence </li></ul> <p> 8. BOTH: literary/non-literary </p> <ul><li>Alusion, complexity, poetic imagery, rhythmic speech, </li></ul> <ul><li>PLUS theatrical stuff </li></ul> <ul><li>Literary brilliance is not enough </li></ul> <p> 9. Playwriting asevent writing </p> <ul><li>Action is core of every play </li></ul> <ul><li>Basic building blocks of plays </li></ul> <ul><li>Tools for action: </li></ul> <ul><li>1) Dialogue </li></ul> <ul><li>2) physical action </li></ul> <p> 10. Actions: various kinds </p> <ul><li>Related events: Linear, continuous, chronological, cause-effect, Related events: non-linear,</li></ul> <p> 11. Qualities of a Fine Play </p> <ul><li>Credibility actions flow from characters needs and wants </li></ul> <ul><li>Intrigue WHAT NEXT? </li></ul> <p> 12. </p> <ul><li>Speakability for the EAR from character </li></ul> <ul><li>Stageability intrinsic </li></ul> <ul><li>Flow meanssomething </li></ul> <p> 13. R I C H N E S S </p> <ul><li>Specific concrete compelling affecting a trip to another world, the world of theimagination </li></ul> <p> 14. Depth of characterization </p> <ul><li>EACH character: an independence of INTENTION </li></ul> <ul><li>Depth, complexities, uniqueness of real human beings </li></ul> <p> 15. Depth: </p> <ul><li>Validity of purpose(however twisted the character) Case Study drama </li></ul> <p> 16. Gravity </p> <ul><li>Theme of serious and lasting relevance to an audience </li></ul> <ul><li>Is there a play in Abu Ghraib?</li></ul> <p> 17. </p> <ul><li>Yes </li></ul> <p> 18. Pertinence </p> <ul><li>Concern with the human predicament </li></ul> <ul><li>Aging, loss, discord, insecurity, ambition, violence </li></ul> <p> 19. Compression Economy and Intensity </p> <ul><li>Many locales to one or two </li></ul> <ul><li>Many characters to several </li></ul> <ul><li>Dramatic intensity: harsh, abrasive, explosive, physical or calm </li></ul> <p> 20. Celebration </p> <ul><li>Affirms LIFE </li></ul> <ul><li>Solidarity of public communion </li></ul> <ul><li>Joy </li></ul> <ul><li>Splendor, not uplifting </li></ul>