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"Scene Shop" Play Development Saturday Afternoons (Spring 2019)

  • 13 Apr 2019
  • 15 Jun 2019
  • 7 sessions
  • 13 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 20 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 27 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 11 May 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 18 May 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 08 Jun 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • 15 Jun 2019, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
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"Scene Shop" Play Development  Saturday Afternoons

Instructor: Resident Playwright Will Dunne

Through development exercises, you will analyze characters to assess whether they are distinct and essential, develop a story scene by scene that sustains audience interest through those characters, demonstrate the ability to adapt dramatic storytelling principles to your individual writing process, plus much more. This workshop utilizes actors each week in the reading of students’ work. Taught by Will Dunne, author of The Dramatic Writer's Companion, The Architecture of Story, and Character Scene, and Story.

Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play

Sessions/Weekday 7 Saturdays
Start/End Date Apr 13 - Jun 15
Time Slot 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Notes Does not meet 5/4, 5/25, or 6/1

About the Tier 2 Advanced Track

Comprising the Writers Studio’s advanced sequence, students will develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work.

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