Naked Playwriting: The Art, the Craft, and the Life Laid Bare

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Silman-James Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 341 pages
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Naked Playwriting is a complete playwriting course?from developing a theme through plotting and structuring a play, developing characters, creating dialog, formatting the script, and applying methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes. Naked Playwriting also offers sound guidance on marketing and submitting play scripts for both contests and production, protecting one's copyright, and working with directors and theater companies. Well-written, comprehensive, and filled with illustrative examples, Naked Playwriting includes both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, sage advice from veteran writers, a short study of the major schools of dramatic thought, and writing anecdotes. This one-of-a-kind playwriting book, which covers both the basics of playwriting and the practical advice on getting a play published and produced, will help both novices and working writers discover and improve their playwriting skills and see their plays performed on a stage.

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An indispensable resource for aspiring playwrights. or any writers at all, really. The insights into character development is particularly great. Read full review


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William Missouri Downs is an award-winning playwright who has written for film and several NBC sitcoms. His plays have been produced throughout the world and published by Samuel French and Playscripts. He is co-author of The Art of Theatre and Naked Playwriting. Downs holds an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA.

Robin U. Russin is a playwright, award-winning screenwriter, producer, and UCLA screenwriting teacher. Among his film credits is the action film On Deadly Ground, starring and directed by Steven Segal.

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