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Scriptwork : a director's approach to new play development

Author: David Kahn; Donna Breed
Publisher: Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theatre fully formed and ready for production, the truth is that for centuries, most scripts have been developed through a collaborative process in rehearsal and in concert with other theatre artists. David Kahn and Donna Breed provide the first codified approach to this time-honored method of play development, with a flexible methodology that takes into account
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kahn, David, 1955-
Scriptwork.
Carbondale, Ill. : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1995
(DLC) 94005425
(OCoLC)30739642
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Kahn; Donna Breed
ISBN: 0585187126 9780585187129
OCLC Number: 44962620
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 183 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Choosing projects --
Developmental approach --
Developmental dramaturgy --
The unrehearsed reading --
Rehearsed workshops --
Appendix: Interviews.
Responsibility: David Kahn & Donna Breed ; with a foreword by Lanford Wilson.

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Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theatre fully formed and ready for production, the truth is that for centuries, most scripts have been developed through a collaborative process in rehearsal and in concert with other theatre artists. David Kahn and Donna Breed provide the first codified approach to this time-honored method of play development, with a flexible methodology that takes into account differing environments and various stages of formation.

SDrectors can use this unique guidebook for new play development from the beginning to the end of the process. Kahn and Breed explore ways of choosing new projects, talk about where to find new scripts, and explore the legal aspects of script development. They present a detailed system for theatrical analysis of the new script and show how to continue exploration and development of the script within the laboratory of the theatre. Most importantly, they delineate the parameters of the relationship between the director and the playwright, offering proven methods to help the playwright and to facilitate the healthy development of the script. Kahn and Breed offer suggestions on casting, incorporating rewrites, and script handling plus how and when to use audience response and how to decide what step to take next. They also include extended interviews with developmental directors, dramaturgs, and playwrights, who give credence to the new script development process.

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"If there is another book that tells a director how to approach a new script as clearly and correctly as this one does, I don't know it."--Lanford Wilson, from the Foreword

 
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