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Words for the Theatre

1st Edition

By David Cole


96 pages

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Hardback: 9781138240636
pub: 2019-06-30
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Each of Words for the Theatre four essays is a moment of dramaturgical self-reflection, debating the questions: the playwright both represents and supplies materials for others to represent — how are the two related? The playwright produces a text whose eventual future is to be an event — isn't this the ambition of all writing? The playwright withdraws from theatre into writing, to produce works for theatre — can this withdrawal-into-writing be seen in theatre itself? How should a playwright deal with theatre’s pressure toward realism, given that this realism is a mistake about art to which theatre is particularly prone?

Table of Contents


Essay 1 The Dramatic Text As Transcript and Prescription

Essay 2 The Dramatic Text As Type of the Text

Essay 3 The Theatre Wants to Go In

Essay 4 Theatre As an Event and Another Event; or, The Sorrows of Realism

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About the Author/Editor

David Cole is a playwright and teacher, and was Director of Undergraduate Theatre Studies at Yale University from 1969-75.

About the Series

Focus on Dramaturgy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / Shakespeare
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / Classical & Ballet
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General