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PAST 210 Playwriting I for Theater and Media

Powerful playwriting is a synthesis of hyper-conscious craftwork and subconscious impulse. In this workshop the student will generate new writing for performance through study of nuts-and­ bolts construction as well as exploration of pure possibility. Students will read and discuss a variety of plays, dismantling their engines to see what makes them run. They will engage in exercises designed to shake loose their limitations and work their dramatic muscles. Students will also help each other mold and shape original works of drama. During the first half of the course, students will discuss plays, write short pieces, and lay the groundwork for an original one-act play of the students' own devising. In the second half of the course, the students will workshop their one-acts.


2 credits