New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

New Dramaturgies

Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, 1st Edition

By Mark Bly


112 pages

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Hardback: 9781138240858
pub: 2019-08-16
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In New Dramaturgies: Strategies and Exercises for 21st Century Playwriting, Mark Bly offers a new playwriting book with nine unique play-generating exercises.

These exercises offer dramaturgical strategies and tools for confronting and overcoming obstacles that all playwrights face. Each of the chapters features lively commentary and participation from former students of Bly’s. They are now acclaimed writers and producers for media such as House of Cards, Weeds, Friday Night Lights, Warrior, and The Affair, and their plays appear onstage in major venues such as The Roundabout Theatre, The Yale Rep, and The Royal National Theatre. They share thoughts about their original response to the exercise and why it continues to have a major impact on their writing and mentoring today. Each chapter concludes with their original, inventive, and provocative scene generated in response to Bly’s exercise, providing a real-life vivid example of what the exercises can create.

Suitable for both students of playwriting, screenwriting, and professionals in the field, New Dramaturgies gives readers a rare combination of practical provocation and creative discussion.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The "Sum Forty Tales from the Afterlives" Exercise

The Exercise

Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Introduction

Jason and Julia, by Jenny Rachel Weiner

Chapter 2: Bly’s "Einstein’s Dream" Exercise

The Exercise

Sarah Treem’s Introduction

Against the Wall, by Sarah Treem

Chapter 3: Bly’s "Character’s Greatest Fear" Exercise

The Exercise

Rolin Jones’s Introduction

Last of the Chatterbox Wolves: Grimm History Revisited, by Rolin Jones

Chapter 4: Bly’s "Character’s Greatest Pleasure" Exercise

The Exercise

Marcus Gardley’s Introduction

The Blood Curl of Pigs: A Scene about a Pleasure, by Marcus Gardley

Chapter 5: Bly’s "Kafka’s Train" Exercise

The Exercise

Lindsey Ferrentino’s Introduction

Last Stop Vancouver, by Lindsey Ferrentino

Chapter 6: Bly’s "Music Memory" Exercise

The Exercise

Amy E. Witting’s Introduction

Standing in the Shade, by Amy E. Witting

Chapter 7: Bly’s "Myth" Exercise

The Exercise

Holly Hepp-Galván’s Introduction

A Language to Play With, by Holly Hepp-Galván

Chapter 8: Bly’s "Nashville Film Overlapping Dialogue and Storyline" Exercise

The Exercise

Kenneth Lin’s Introduction

Nashville Film Exercise, by Ken Lin

Chapter 9: Bly’s "SensoryWriting" Exercise

The Exercise

Sunil Kuruvilla’s Introduction

Minus 1, by Sunil Kuruvilla


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PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting