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Overview Playwriting the easy way by Marsh Cassady. The twelve chapters provide a complete survey of every step in playwriting from the germination of an idea to its complete development into a theatrical production. Covered are the basics of writing for theatre, creating characters in conflict, plots and subplots, structure and dialog and winning an audience. The book is ideally suited to be a basic text on the art of playwriting
Publishers Description The twelve chapters of this book provide a complete survey of every step in playwriting from the germination of an idea to its complete development into a theatrical production. The book covers the basics of writing for theatre, creating characters in conflict, plots and subplots, structure and dialog and winning an audience. Cassady provides some basic rules but the reader learns most from the countless examples and anecdotal illustrations from amateur and professional playwrights. A basic text on the art of playwriting. Twelve chapters: Germination, The Creative State, Getting Ideas, Beginning a Script, Some Basics, Dramatic Structure, Dramatic Structure II, Audience and Theme, Characterizations, Dialog, Planning and Revising, Producing and Publishing.
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Studio: Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Meriwether Publishing Ltd.
ISBN 156608010X ISBN13 9781566080101
Availability 0 units.
More About Marsh Cassady, Theodore O. Zapel & Tom Myers
Cassady is a former actor/director and university professor with a PhD in theatre. He is fiction/drama editor of Crazyquilt Quarterly. While teaching at Montclair State he started a program of workshops, classes and special projects in playwriting. He has written more than 40 books including novels, short stories, drama collections, haiku, biography, and books on theatre and storytelling.
Reviews - What do customers think about Characters in Action: Playwriting the Easy Way?
A Lively and Useful Introduction Feb 28, 2003
Characters in Action Marsh Cassady
This was the first book I read on the art of playwriting and I found it rather inspiring. Cassady stresses tapping into your unconscious for dialogue and plot-connection ideas, he considers all the basics from stage directions to proper script presentation, and gives a wide variety of interesting examples that show that he knows what he's talking about. He also uses the literary device of having made-up characters break into the text to dramatically illustrate his points. I could not find fault with this book as a primer for writing live drama. The book should also be of interest to fiction writers and screenwriters who to hone their art and expand their horizons. A lively and useful introduction.
Sadly simplistic and juvenile May 8, 1999
The art of playwriting is lost here. In its place is boiled down stuff that seems, um, "borrowed" and condensed from the much better books. If the author is aiming at 8th grade kids, perhaps it works, but one thinks even they deserve more respect. For anyone else, disappointingly juvenile. From the way it is hyped I thought I could use it in a workshop, as well as for myself, but it won't serve. I selected another book (also on this site) for those purposes and we're all happy. Sorry, Mr. Cassady.
insightful and informative but not inspirational Jan 16, 1999
This book is good for anyone who wants an introduction into the art of play writing... To that end, it is brilliant. However in terms of inspiring the reader to bring his or hers ideas to life, the book lacks something.