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?
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