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Power of the Playwright's Vision Blueprints for the Working Writer

ISBN-10: 0325002428
ISBN-13: 9780325002422
Edition: 2001
Authors: Gordon Farrell
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Book details

List price: $19.75
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 9/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.33" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Every playwright has his or her own vision of life - and seeks to express that vision on stage. Over the past two hundred years, the world's greatest dramatists have been constructing models, or blueprints of their visions, to make sure that what is in their hearts gets put on stage. This book distills that genius and innovation into a practical manual. In a clear and easily understood way, Gordon Farrell makes available the most potent and effective structures ever devised by the world's most important dramatists. Playwrights like Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekov, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Lillian Hellman, Bertolt Brecht, Jean Paul Sartre, Harold Pinter, and Jean Cocteau all developed powerful new writing tools that empowered them to capture their personal vision of the world on stage. The Power of the Playwright's Vision describes not only what these techniques are, but also how they can be put to use, enabling today's working playwrights to bring the power of their own personal

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Playwright's Vision
The Vision Understood
A Vision of Change
Realism
The Epic
Brecht and an Alternative Epic
Afternote: A Few Words from Realism, the Epic, and Brecht
A Vision of Futility
Naturalism
Absurdism
Romanticism
Afternote: A Few Words from Naturalism, Absurdism, and Romanticism
A Vision of Mystery
Expressionism
Surrealism
Afternote: A Few Words from Expressionism and Surrealism
Final Words
A Closer Look at Three Powerful Voices

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