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Essentials of Playwrighting :)

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Gina Martens

on 30 April 2010

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Transcript of Essentials of Playwrighting :)

Play Writing The One-Act Play
no more than 4 characters
no more than 1 scene change
simple plotline
Needs "good construction" proper exposition (decide where in the order of events your story will open).

need progress (appropriate plot complications).

The characters need to want something--what is their ultimate goal?

Characters must be fully developed, avoid stereotypical characters.

Because a one-act play deals with so few characters, those characters need depth!

consider how each character would speak & move--create an individual! In order to develop a character with a mind and a distinctive sense of self, you must know all there is to know about her/him. You must know where the character lives and why. What does he or she do for a living?
Is the character educated? Age, religious beliefs, political leanings, and social behavior are all parts of a person. These items may not be revealed in the final work, but a strong character study enables you to create a round and dimensional character. Dramatic Dialogue
Dialogue in drama is a finely crafted stream of conversation containing elements of plot, character, and emotional tension which give the impression of being spontaneous verbal communication.

Be students of dialogue! Listen to how people speak,
what they are saying, and how they are saying it.

How do people relate to each other?
Never Waste a Line!

Lines and time are valuable if a writer wants to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Every line should serve more than one purpose.

It should be...

•pushing the plot forward,
•developing character,
•engaging the audience,
Your task:

1. retrieve you character sketch.
using you sketch, take your character to a whole deeper level...
create a collage based off of your character.
colors, textures, clothes, words...everything you choose should
represent your character in some way for some reason.

2. Next, write a personal ad for your character (keep it school appropriate, please!)
be as detailed as possible about just what kind of person your character is.

3. Lastly, you will have to introduce your character to the rest of the class as if you were introducing a close friend :)

In-Depth Character Workshop (today's activity) 50 pts.
graded on:
character development Works Cited:
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