Scriptwork: A Directors Approach to New Play Development

by David Kahn

Southern Illinois University Press | July 6, 1995 | Trade Paperback

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Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theater 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 theater 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.

Directors 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 theater. Most importantly, they delineate the parameters of the relationship between the director and the playwright, offering proven methods to help the playwright and help facilitate the healthy development of the script.

Breed and Kahn 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.

In short, Kahn and Breed demystify a common, though often convoluted, theater process, providing a unique codification of ways to work on new plays.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.2 in

Published: July 6, 1995

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0809317591

ISBN - 13: 9780809317592

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Scriptwork: A Directors Approach to New Play Development

by David Kahn

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 3.35 × 2.17 × 0.2 in

Published: July 6, 1995

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0809317591

ISBN - 13: 9780809317592

From the Publisher

Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theater 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 theater 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.

Directors 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 theater. Most importantly, they delineate the parameters of the relationship between the director and the playwright, offering proven methods to help the playwright and help facilitate the healthy development of the script.

Breed and Kahn 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.

In short, Kahn and Breed demystify a common, though often convoluted, theater process, providing a unique codification of ways to work on new plays.

From the Jacket

Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theater 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 theater artists.

About the Author

David Kahn is an associate professor of theatre arts at San Jose University.

Donna Breed was a professor of theatre arts at California State University, Chico.

From Our Editors

Despite the popular myth that plays arrive at the theater 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 theater artists.

Editorial Reviews

"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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