June 15, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 104 Pages
ISBN 9781138240636 - CAT# Y310629
Series: Focus on Dramaturgy
In Words for the Theatre, playwright David Cole pursues a course of dramaturgical self-questioning on the part of a playwright, centred on the act of playwriting.
The book’s four essays each offer a dramaturgical perspective on a different aspect of the playwright’s practice: How does the playwright juggle the transcriptive and prescriptive aspects of their activity? Does the ultimate performance of a playtext in fact represent something to which all writing aspires? Does the playwright’s process of withdrawing to create their text echo a similar process in the theatre more widely? Finally, how can the playwright counter theatre’s pervasive leaning towards the ‘mistake’ of realism?
Suited to playwrights, teachers, and higher-level students, this volume of essays offers reflections on the questions that confront every playwright, from an author well-versed in supplying words for the theatre.
Preface: Words from a Playwright Acknowledgments 1. ESSAY I: The Dramatic Text As Transcript and Prescription 2. ESSAY II: The Dramatic Text As Type of the Text 3. ESSAY III: The Theatre Wants to Go In 4. ESSAY IV: Theatre As an Event and Another Event; or, The Sorrows of Realism 5. Words for the Theatre Index