Playwriting For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118120973
  • ISBN-13: 9781118120972
  • DDC: 808.2
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 512 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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Playwriting For Dummies presents the entire process of playwriting - from ideas to crafting a polished script to getting the play produced and performed.  Regardless of the type of play, the play's purpose, or where it will be presented, Playwriting For Dummies presents how-to instruction from an acclaimed playwright, empowering readers to explore their own creativity.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
Author's Acknowledgments.
Contents at a Glance.
Table of Contents.
1: Catching the Playwriting Bug.
2: Introducing the Art and Craft of Playwriting.
3: Living the Life of a Playwright.
4: What Makes a Play.
5: Starting with an Idea.
6: Finding Your Play's Theme.
7: Creating a Blueprint for Your Play.
8: Putting Your Story in Focus.
9: Creating Full and Rich Characters.
10: Dialogue: The Most Important Tool in Your Toolbox.
11: Practical Considerations: Staging, Cast, and Audience.
12: The Nuts and Bolts of Putting Your Story Together.
13: The Beginning: Finding a Starting Point for Your Play.
14: The Middle: Developing Your Story Line.
15: The Climax: Bringing the Conflict to a Head.
16: The Resolution: Wrapping It All Up.
17: Giving the Musical Special Consideration.
18: The Show Must Go On.
19: Getting Your Play Read and Making Revisions.
20: Rehearsals and Premieres: Nail Biting 101.
21: Promoting Your Play and Getting a Production.
22: The Part of Tens.
23: Ten Things Every Playwright Should Know.
24: Ten Hallmarks of a Great Play.
25: Ten Playwrights You Should Know and Emulate.
Appendix: Formatting a Script.