21M.604 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate
Playwriting I


1 Playwrights are Storytellers Ives, David. “Sure Thing.” In All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1994. ISBN: 9780679759287.
2 The Power of the Unspoken Word (PDF 1) (PDF 2)

Alford, Henry. “Shouts and Murmers: Unspoken O’Neill.” The New Yorker, December 1998, 68-69.

Raffo, Heather. “Iraq Through the Eyes of its Women.” American Theatre, April 2005, 20-22 and 70-71.

Epstein, Leslie. The Yellow Bus. In Boston Theatre Marathon of Ten-Minute Plays, Volume 1. Quincy, MA: Baker’s Plays, 2000.  ISBN: 087440-134-8

3 Actions Speak Louder than Words (PDF) Hartigan, Patti. “One Man. Ten Plays. 100 Years.” Boston Globe Magazine, April 3, 2005, 33-35 and 47-50.

Rivera, Jose. “36 Assumptions about Writing Plays.” American Theatre, February 2003.

———. “The Winged Man.” from Plays for Actresses. Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1997. ISBN: 9780679772811.

4 The Challenge of Exposition and How to Create High- and Low-Context Dialogue (PDF 1) (PDF 2) Albee, Edward. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1970. ISNB: 0451158717.

MacFarquhar, Larissa. “Passion Plays: The making of Edward Albee.” The New Yorker, April 4, 2005, 68-77.

5 Disrupted Ritual Schisgal, Murray. “Confessions: A Playwright Confesses.”   The Dramatist, Spring 2006, 30-33.

Marguilies, Donald. “Last Tuesday.” American Theatre. July-August 2003, 42-46.

Lahr, John. “After Angels: Tony Kushner’s Promethean Itch.” The New Yorker, January 3, 2005, 42-52.

6 Thinking about Plot (PDF) Witchel, Alex. “The Confessions of John Patrick Shanley.” The New York Times Magazine, November 7, 2004, 31-35.

Rudnick, Paul. “Paul Rudnick’s Random Rules for Comedy.” The Dramatist, Spring 2006, 6-7.

Ives, David. “Why I Shouldn’t Write Plays.” New York Times, August 24, 1997.

Wright, Nicholas. Vincent in Brixton. London, UK: Nick Hern Books, 2002. ISBN: 9780573629563.

7 Thinking about Sound Wren, Celia. “Saints, Sin, and Erik Ehn.” American Theatre, May-June 2004, 19-22 and 65.

Walker, George F. “Introduction and Beyond Mozambique.” In Shared Anxiety: Selected Plays. Toronto, Canada: Coach House Press, 2002, preface. ISBN: 9780889104723.

8 Dialogue is Action Mamet, David. Glengarry Glen Ross. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780802130914.

Croyden, Margaret. “The African Connection.” American Theatre, April 2005, 30-32 and 73.

9 Composition: Adding Elements (PDF 1) (PDF 2) Shewey, Don. “Cowboy Mouth.” American Theatre, April 2004, 21-25 and 82-84.

Ives, David. “Words, Words, Words.” In All in the Timing: Fourteen Plays. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1994, pp. 22-30. ISBN: 9780679759287.

10 Obstacle + Action = Great Theater (PDF) Foreman, Ridchard. “The Gods Are Pounding My Head! (AKA Lumberjack Messiah).” American Theatre, April 2005, 35-45.
11-12 Reading and Workshopping Final Projects  
Course Info
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Spring 2005
Learning Resource Types
group_work Projects with Examples
assignment Written Assignments