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New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting

New Playwriting Strategies: A Language-Based Approach to Playwriting

by Paul C. Castagno

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New Playwriting Strategies has become a canonical text in the study and teaching of playwriting, offering a fresh and dynamic insight into the subject. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition explores and highlights the wide spread of new techniques that form contemporary theatre writing, as well as their influence on other dramatic forms.

Paul Castagno builds on the innovative plays of Len Jenkin, Mac Wellman, and the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin to investigate groundbreaking new techniques from a broad range of contemporary dramatists, including Sarah Ruhl, Suzan Lori-Parks and Young Jean Lee. New features in this edition include an in-depth study of the adaptation of classical texts in contemporary playwright and the utilizing new technologies, such as YouTube, Wikipedia and blogs to create alternative dramatic forms.

The author’s step-by-step approach offers the reader new models for:

  • narrative
  • dialogue
  • character
  • monologue
  • hybrid plays

This is a working text for playwrights, presenting a range of illuminating new exercises suitable for everyone from the workshop student to the established writer. New Playwriting Strategies is an essential resource for anyone studying and writing drama today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878301362
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/26/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,000,399
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Paul C. Castagno is Professor of Theatre at UNC-Wilmington where he served as founding chair of the Department of Theatre. He formerly served as Director and Head of M.A. Programs at the School of Theater at Ohio University, and headed the MFA Playwriting/Dramaturgy Programs at University of Alabama. He teaches playwriting, dramatic literature and directs, and has published books and/or articles on playwriting and commedia dell’arte.

Table of Contents

1New Playwriting Strategies: Overview and Terms1
Part IStrategies of Language and Character15
2On Multivocality and Speech Genres17
3Polyvocality and the Hybrid Play35
4The Theatricality of Character52
5Len Jenkin's Dramaturgy of Character: From Stage Figures to Archetypes72
6Eric Overmyer: Some Principles of Character Transformation80
7Mac Wellman: Language-Based Character87
Part IIStrategies of Structure and Form93
8The Dialogic Beat95
9Scenes, Acts, and Revisions120
10Foundations of Contemporary Monologue137
11Dialogic Monologue: Structure and Antistructure148
Works Consulted175

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