Playwright's Guidebook

Stuart Spencer, Author Faber & Faber $16 (392p) ISBN 978-0-571-19991-4
A practical compendium based on author Stuart Spencer's experience crafting plays (Resident Alien; The Rothko Room; etc.) and teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, The Playwright's Guidebook offers counsel on issues like structure, conflict, character and problem-solving. This contemporary guide fills the gaps left open by many books, supplying organized and realistic advice for would-be playwrights. As Spencer says, ""A play is more wrought than written. A playwright constructs a play as a wheelwright once constructed a wheel: a general shape is laid out, and then hammered, bent, nailed, reshaped, hammered again and again, until finally a functionaly and artful product has emerged.""
Reviewed on: 04/01/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4177-1662-3
Ebook - 392 pages - 978-1-4299-3421-3
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