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Fundamentals Playwriting Presentation

  1. 1. Playwriting<br />(With Me, Mrs. Cannon)<br />
  2. 2. Since we are learning about writing plays, I’ve invited Shakespeare to be our special guest. <br />
  3. 3. How now! I am Mrs. Shakespeare. Let us not tarry in our discussion of playwriting. <br />
  4. 4. She was the best that I could do.<br />Good luck!<br />
  5. 5. 1. Plays are stories. They have characters, the five parts of a story, plot, and dialog. <br />
  6. 6. 2. Plays have a different format than stories. <br />This way, the actors, directors, and stage crew know how to bring the story to life on stage. <br />
  7. 7. For example…<br />Names are written in bold so they stand out<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  8. 8. For example…<br />Stage directions are in italics with brackets<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  9. 9. For example…<br />This tells actors when to enter and exit<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  10. 10. For example…<br />It tells crew when to play sound effects and music, too<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  11. 11. Your stage directions must be clear. Otherwise, they will play giddy music in the middle of the shipwreck! Everything will be ruined!<br />
  12. 12. For example…<br />There are no quotation marks in the dialog<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  13. 13. For example…<br />This is because the name at the beginning of the line tells us who’s speaking<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />Biggest arrow ever!<br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  14. 14. For example…<br />Dialog is indented like this<br />Prospero: Come away, servant, come. I am ready now. Approach, my Ariel, come. <br />[Enter Ariel.]<br />Ariel: All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! <br />Prospero: Hast thou, spirit, Perform’d to point the tempest that I bade thee? <br />Ariel: To every article. <br />From The Tempest by William Shakespeare<br />
  15. 15. Mrs. Shakespeare: If the dialog isn’t indented correctly, everything looks like one giant blob of text. You might miss something important.<br />[Mrs. Shakespeare glares at the quill.]<br />After all, you might have missed the stage directions above if you were just glancing over your script. <br />
  16. 16. Mrs. Shakespeare: If <br /> the dialog is indented <br /> correctly, it’s easier to <br /> see when I’m <br /> finished speaking.<br />[Mrs. Shakespeare lifts quill and studies it suspiciously.] <br />Mrs. Shakespeare: <br /> Adding spaces <br /> between stage <br />directions and dialog can make it easier to read the script, too. <br />
  17. 17. That is all you must know to begin writing your scripts. <br />If you have questions, let Mrs. Cannon know. I must continue work on my play. <br />

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