ERIC Number: ED234453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-9
Reference Count: 0
Models in the Teaching of Playwriting.
One of the best means to create student awareness of play structure is through assigned reading and classroom discussion of successful plays used as models. Various plays from the 1982 edition of "Best Short Plays" are appropriate for discussion of the following structures and techniques: (1) development of conflict and action, suspense, and episodic or collage structure, (2) dramatic issue, (3) characterization, (4) use of language, (5) creation of mood, (6) development of theme, and (7) techniques of comedy. Studying these plays and the principles they illustrate will not automatically make students better playwrights, but reading must help writers. Even poor plays may provide negative models and any work may expose the student playwright to a new interpretation of life. Like painters, playwrights experience three phases of growth: imitation, experimentation, and individual vision and mastery. Only after students understand the basic dramatic and theatrical forms should they be encouraged to experiment beyond them. (Titles from "Best Short Plays" from 1981, 1982, and 1983 that illustrate the aforementioned structures and techniques are appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Best Short Plays (Title)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theater Association (Minneapolis, MN, August 7-10, 1983).