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Playwriting

Author: Bernard D N Grebanier
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Barnes & Noble, 1979, ©1961.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard D N Grebanier
ISBN: 0064634981 9780064634984
OCLC Number: 8576195
Notes: "1st Barnes & Noble books ed."
Description: xiii, 386 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: I. The theater vs. life --
II. Sources for ideas for plays --
Theme --
Situation --
Characters --
III. Plot (1) --
Situation and incident --
Action --
Incident and plot --
IV. Plot (2) --
The proposition finally stated --
Proportions of the plot --
V. Plot (3); climax --
Climax --
Climax and proposition --
Requirements of a climax --
VI. Plot (4); proportioning the full-length play --
How many acts shall I have? --
Where do I begin my play? --
The exposition --
VII. Plot and character --
What characters do I need for the plot? --
The other characters --
In what order do I proceed? --
VIII. The one-act play; the television play --
Characteristics of the one-act play --
Proportion and climax in the one-acter --
Hints for the one-act play --
"One-act plays" which aren't --
Television plays --
IX. Characterization --
Selecting the character traits --
"Getting to know you" --
Identifying yourself with the characters --
Characterization by dialogue --
Characterization through action --
Two onstage, and three --
X. Dialogue --
Levels of conversation --
Rhythms of speech and their emotional values --
The language of drama --
Word order --
How long should a speech be? --
XI. Tragedy and comedy --
Tragedy --
The tragic hero --
Comedy --
Between tragedy and comedy --
Melodrama and farce --
Identification --
XII. Other techniques --
Physical aspects of the stage --
Naturalism --
Symbolism --
Expressionism --
XIII. Subplots; secondary characters --
Secondary characters --
XIV. Of many things --
Last lines --
Stage directions --
Writing "by scenes" --
Small revisions --
Typing the manuscript --
Selling the play.
Responsibility: Bernard Grebanier.

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