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Play Directing, 7th Edition by Michael McLain, Francis Hodge

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Style in Playwriting and Playwrights

 

 

The purpose of this chapter is to pull together some of the ideas and information you may have garnered from your courses in dramatic literature. To some of you, this may look familiar, and thus redundant. But if you will read the chapter carefully, you will see that it is about the special way a director looks at plays and playwriting in order to put them to work. This will challenge the critic in you.

The form of drama in Western civilization, as distinct from theatre production, has always contained the same basic elements since its beginnings in the fifth century B.C.: given circumstances, dialogue, dramatic action, characters, idea, tempos, and moods. What has made drama seem different over its ...

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