Script Analysis - The Blueprint
Instructor: with Resident Playwright Kristin Idaszak
Prerequisite: Essentials 1, Essentials Bootcamp Weekend, or permission of instructor
This class breaks structure down to the nuts and bolts of writing, introducing you to tools that will help you turn a blank page into a first draft, and successfully assess it for further revisions. You will learn how to raise the stakes for your characters and how to tell a story with twists and turns. You will learn what you need to do to make a scene work, and follow it through to encompass the complete arc of a story.
This class will take an in-depth look into the dramatic elements of four plays: Lonely Planet by Steven Dietz, Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, this year's Pulitzer Prize winning play Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok, and one play TBA. By examining the building blocks of these plays, participants will create outlines and begin work on their own brand-new, full-length plays.
NOTE: Participants are asked to obtain the plays on their own prior to class. For the first day of class please read "Lonely Planet" by Steven Dietz.
Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg and theater artist. A two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, she is currently the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman and is a member of the 2017/2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play Another Jungle received an honorable mention for the Relentless Award and will have its world premiere this spring with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate. As a dramaturg, she has worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Playwrights Center and numerous others. Previously, she served as associate artistic director/literary manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. She received her MFA from University of California, San Diego. KristinIdaszak.com
||June 21st - July 26th
||6:30pm - 9:30pm
||Participants are asked to obtain the plays on their own prior to class. For the first day of class please read "Lonely Planet" by Steven Dietz. Prerequisite: Essentials 1, Essentials Bootcamp Weekend, or permission of instructor