Words for the Theatre: Four Essays on the Dramatic Text (Focus on Dramaturgy) (Hardcover)

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By David Cole, Magda Romanska (Editor)
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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.

About the Author

David Cole is a playwright who has written two prior books of dramatic theory: The Theatrical Event and the Nathan Award-winning Acting as Reading. His plays may be found at www.davidcoleplaysandprose.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138240636
ISBN-10: 113824063X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 11th, 2019
Pages: 68
Language: English
Series: Focus on Dramaturgy