New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting

1st Edition

Mark Bly

August 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 112 Pages
ISBN 9781138240858 - CAT# Y310664
Series: Focus on Dramaturgy


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In New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, Mark Bly offers a new playwriting book with nine unique play-generating exercises.

These exercises offer dramaturgical strategies and tools for confronting and overcoming obstacles that all playwrights face. Each of the chapters features lively commentary and participation from former students of Bly’s. They are now acclaimed writers and producers for media such as House of Cards, Weeds, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, and The Affair, and their plays appear onstage in major venues such as The Roundabout Theatre, The Yale Rep, and The Royal National Theatre. They share thoughts about their original response to the exercise and why it continues to have a major impact on their writing and mentoring today. Each chapter concludes with their original, inventive, and provocative scene generated in response to Bly’s exercise, providing a real-life vivid example of what the exercises can create.

Suitable for both students of playwriting, screenwriting, and professionals in the field, New Dramaturgies gives readers a rare combination of practical provocation and creative discussion.

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