How to Improvise a Full-Length Play The Art of Spontaneous Theater

ISBN-10: 1581154933

ISBN-13: 9781581154931

Edition: 2008

Authors: Kenn Adams

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Forget the script and get on the stage! InHow to Improvise a Full-Length Play,actors, playwrights, directors, theater-group leaders, and teachers will find everything they need to know to create comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce, with no scripts, no scenarios, and no preconceived characters. Author Kenn Adams presents a step-by-step method for long-form improvisation, covering plot structure, storytelling, character development, symbolism, and advanced scene work. Games and exercises throughout the book help actors and directors focus on and succeed with cause-and-effect storytelling, raising the dramatic stakes, creating dramatic conflict, building the dramatic arc, defining characters, creating environments, establishing relationships, and more.How to Improvise a Full-Length Playis the essential tool for anyone who wants to create exceptional theater.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Kenn Adams began performing improvisation in 1989 with New York City's Freestyle Repertory Theater, the New York home for TheaterSports.� In 1990, he conceived and directed FRT's production of Play By Play, their first full-length improvised play.� He spent the next ten years performing, teaching and directing with FRT, as they grew to become the most innovative long-form improv company in New York City, and his unique approach to improvising full-length plays remains the core of their long-form performance structures.� In fact, many of Kenn's long-form methods, exercises, and training techniques, such as "The Story Spine" and the popular "Sit, Stand and Kneel" have been taught, adapted, performed and written about across the country and around the world.� In 1999 he moved to California, and co-founded Delta City Improvisation, with Kimberly MacLean, before moving on to join Lila Theatre Company, San Francisco's premier long-form improvisational theater company.� With Lila, in addition to performing on their main stage, Kenn directs their Narrative Conservatory Company, an intensive, six-month training and development program that focuses on the completely improvised full-length play.� Kenn is also an actor, director, playwright, and lyricist.� He holds both a BFA in dramatic writing and an MFA in writing for the musical theater, from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.� He enjoys sharing his passion for the theater with kids of all ages, and is currently the Youth Program Director for the Willows Theater Company, a professional regional theater in Concord, Ca. Kenn lives in Lafayette, Ca. with his beautiful daughter, Heather.�

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