dramatistsguild:

"It doesn’t merely celebrate a past event or individual – that’s a history pageant. the history play illuminates that past event from our modern perspective and simultaneously sheds light on our present circumstances and (hopefully) informs our choices going forward."

Robert Schenkkan on history plays

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dramatistsguild:

"If I can’t find a fun or compelling or imaginative musical voice with which to write the score to a musical theatre work, it tells me that something is fundamentally wrong with the basic assignment. It might be a perfect project for someone else. But it’s not for me."

Alan Menken on composition

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dramatistsguild:

"The surprising beauty of what a character says often comes from how they say it. ‘How’ something is said is so deep and complicated that it resembles playing jazz on a piano."

Theresa Rebeck on dialogue

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dramatistsguild:

"Especially interesting to me are characters that desperately want two things that live in opposition to each other. Look for these dichotomies and all the subtleties and secrets they evoke.

Beth Henley on character

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dramatistsguild:

"It gives substance to our words and creates the imaginary spaces that audiences believe, for however long, represent a unique reality called ‘The Play.’"

Charles Fuller on setting

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dramatistsguild:

"I believe all great stories are many, many strange mathematical layers from all the stories of your family, as well as childhood, school games, songs, lessons…"
- Adrienne Kennedy on story

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dramatistsguild:

The Master Class Issue of #TheDramatist is shipping now from @dramatistsguild, featuring essays by Quiara Alegria Hudes, Adrienne Kennedy, Charles Fuller, Beth Henley, Theresa Rebeck, Alan Menken, and Robert Schenkkan. Illustrations by Allen Todd Yeager.

dramatistsguild:

"Every play I’ve written has begun as a bee in my bonnet…"
- Quiara Alegria Hudes

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ryersonlib:

Poster for the 1922 performance of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi at Théâtre de l’Oeuvre in Paris, France.

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