ERIC Number: ED101392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
All the Nonsense about Rules for Playwriting.
Fedder, Norman J.
Four books are discussed as being helpful in the teaching of playwriting at the college level: Kenneth Macgowan's "A Primer of Playwriting" (1951); Walter Kerr's "How Not to Write a Play" (1955); Bernard Grebanier's "Playwriting" (1961); and Sam Smiley's "Playwriting: The Structure of Action" (1971). The books are discussed individually and are compared in their treatment of the six major elements of play construction: plot, character, dialogue, theme, genre, and theatricality. Finally, a summary is given of each book's major strengths and weaknesses. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Minneapolis, August, 1974)