Fall 2012-Winter 2013, Mon 11:30 – 2:30, Room 118, Theological Hall
INSTRUCTOR: Daniel David Moses
OFFICE:Mackintosh-Corry Hall F413, PHONE:533-6000 Ex.78293, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICE HOURS:Tues 2 – 4 (Fall Term), Mon 2:30 – 3:30 (Winter Term) or by appointment
LIVING (WITH) THE PLAY
This workshop provides the apprentice playwright the opportunity to develop a full-length dramatic work —usually two acts— for the stage.
It assumes the student artist has familiarity with the fundamentals of stagecraft and dramatic storytelling and experience of and appreciation for the writing workshop process as well as a sense of his or her own creative process and welcomes the challenge of working on, living with, and developing, through revision and two terms, a single, produce-able, project.
The course helps the student playwright develop creative and conscious writing habits, discipline and skills.
Student playwrights will examine and develop the concepts for their plays by looking at content and form in regard to story, dramatic interest, character, genre, relevance, histrionics, feasibility and theatricality.
Playwrights will orally present their chosen concepts and, after feedback, submit a final written description of their Play Concept. The course allows for the completion of a Rough Draft of the play for review by the end of the fall term and aFinal Draft for review by the end of the winter term. The second term focuses on refining and expanding the Rough Draft into a Final Draft.
The student will also keep a playwright’s Journal as a record and examination of his or her writing process, noting progress in regard to the Concept, revisions of the Plan, problems in the writing or concept and the solutions used to overcome those problems, as well as writing concepts discovered during the year (journals will be reviewed by the instructor once each term).
At the end of the second term, a selection of individual scenes from the playwrights’ work will be presented by the class as a Public Reading.