Page to Stage The Craft of Adaptation

ISBN-10: 0472051873

ISBN-13: 9780472051878

Edition: 2012

Authors: Vincent Murphy

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Theater exists because of the human need to tell our stories. The process of literary adaptation allows a writer to take a beloved or intriguing story and make it life-sized on the stage, giving nontheatrical texts a vivid voice: stories that speak to the moment and to the imagination.Page to Stageprovides an essential guide for the many individuals and theaters who adapt literature into theater pieces, a "how-to" book that leads them through a clear, workable process to create a stage-worthy play. Page to Stage's examples and exercises guide users through six essential building blocks to construct adaptations suitable for any stage, from the classroom to a professionally produced production.Page to Stagehelps users evaluate a work of literature for its theatrical potential, to discern and appreciate particular elements and strategies (including aural values in the language, appeals to visual imagination, structural resemblances to works of theater, genre tropes, character types, implied mise-en-scène, etc.). Vincent Murphy challenges scholars of literature and performance not simply to borrow ideas, but to apply theatrical analysis in their own original ways in order to identify in literature the elements and potentials of performance and theater. The book will establish the systematic development of principles and techniques for literary adaptation and bridge the gap between literature and stagecraft.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 1/10/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

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