Decentered Playwriting: Alternative Techniques for the Stage

Author:   Carolyn M. Dunn ,  Eric Micha Holmes ,  Les Hunter
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9781032218151


Pages:   212
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Decentered Playwriting investigates new and alternative strategies for dramatic writing that incorporate non-Western, Indigenous, and underrepresented storytelling techniques and traditions while deepening a creative practice that decenters hegemonic methods. A collection of short essays and exercises by leading teaching artists, playwrights, and academics in the fields of playwriting and dramaturgy, this book focuses on reimagining pedagogical techniques by introducing playwrights to new storytelling methods, traditions, and ways of studying, and teaching diverse narratological practices. This is a vital and invaluable book for anyone teaching or studying playwriting, dramatic structure, storytelling at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels, or as part of their own professional practice.

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Author:   Carolyn M. Dunn ,  Eric Micha Holmes ,  Les Hunter
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.476kg
ISBN:  

9781032218151


ISBN 10:   1032218150
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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"""One of the great challenges for 21st century writers is how one forge's one's own poetics to resist the 'realistic', well-made play, and the strictures of Aristotle and Stanislavski. How can we write for our communities and embrace the rich legacies of non-Aristotelian practice? What extraordinary conversations are gathered here in these pages."" Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive and Indecent, USA. ""This is the kind of playwriting education I wish that I would have had. It makes me excited for the next generation of theater makers who will emerge from studying this book."" Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota), MacArthur Fellow and playwright of The Thanksgiving Play, USA. ""This book offers us a radically hopeful vision of how we might teach playwriting— and think about the well-making of plays—if we wish to disrupt the relationship between systems of oppression and systems of theatre-making."" Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University MFA Playwriting Program, USA. ""Decentered Playwriting represents an extraordinary gathering of diverse scholars and artists, all posing fundamental questions about how drama might be conceived and created above, beyond, and without the hegemony of Aristotelian thinking. The collection addresses a deeply felt pedagogical need that has been left untended for far too long, and in this respect promises to become an essential text in the teaching of playwriting and dramaturgy."" Art Borreca, Associate Professor & Co-Director of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and MFA Programs in Playwriting & Dramaturgy, USA. ""Decentered Playwriting leaps over the anxiety and reductive thinking swirling around our 'diversity problem' by showing how much we all have to gain by decolonizing our craft. There’s no theater maker or theater educator in this country not wrestling in some way with these issues right now. This book offers a revelatory and practical vision of the way forward."" Lisa Kron, Tony Award-Winning Lyricist of Fun Home, USA ""An invaluable resource for those looking to depart from received ways of play-making, either in pursuit of new collaborative approaches or alternative forms of storytelling. This will be a useful guidebook for those venturing off the beaten path."" Alex McLean, Zuppa Theatre, Canada"


"""This is the kind of playwriting education I wish that I would have had. It makes me excited for the next generation of theater makers who will emerge from studying this book."" Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota), MacArthur Fellow and playwright of The Thanksgiving Play, USA. ""This book offers us a radically hopeful vision of how we might teach playwriting— and think about the well-making of plays—if we wish to disrupt the relationship between systems of oppression and systems of theatre-making."" Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University MFA Playwriting Program, USA. ""Decentered Playwriting represents an extraordinary gathering of diverse scholars and artists, all posing fundamental questions about how drama might be conceived and created above, beyond, and without the hegemony of Aristotelian thinking. The collection addresses a deeply felt pedagogical need that has been left untended for far too long, and in this respect promises to become an essential text in the teaching of playwriting and dramaturgy."" Art Borreca, Associate Professor & Co-Director of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and MFA Programs in Playwriting & Dramaturgy, USA."


"""One of the great challenges for 21st century writers is how one forge's one's own poetics to resist the 'realistic', well-made play, and the strictures of Aristotle and Stanislavski. How can we write for our communities and embrace the rich legacies of non-Aristotelian practice? What extraordinary conversations are gathered here in these pages."" Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive and Indecent, USA. ""This is the kind of playwriting education I wish that I would have had. It makes me excited for the next generation of theater makers who will emerge from studying this book."" Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota), MacArthur Fellow and playwright of The Thanksgiving Play, USA. ""This book offers us a radically hopeful vision of how we might teach playwriting— and think about the well-making of plays—if we wish to disrupt the relationship between systems of oppression and systems of theatre-making."" Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Artistic Director, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Boston University MFA Playwriting Program, USA. ""Decentered Playwriting represents an extraordinary gathering of diverse scholars and artists, all posing fundamental questions about how drama might be conceived and created above, beyond, and without the hegemony of Aristotelian thinking. The collection addresses a deeply felt pedagogical need that has been left untended for far too long, and in this respect promises to become an essential text in the teaching of playwriting and dramaturgy."" Art Borreca, Associate Professor & Co-Director of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and MFA Programs in Playwriting & Dramaturgy, USA. ""Decentered Playwriting leaps over the anxiety and reductive thinking swirling around our 'diversity problem' by showing how much we all have to gain by decolonizing our craft. There’s no theater maker or theater educator in this country not wrestling in some way with these issues right now. This book offers a revelatory and practical vision of the way forward."" Lisa Kron, Tony Award-Winning Lyricist of Fun Home, USA"


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Carolyn M. Dunn is a playwright, dramaturg, actor, and director, whose plays have been Equity produced on stages in Los Angeles and New York. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at California State University, Los Angeles, USA. Eric Micha Holmes is a dramatist, dramaturg, and educator, whose work has been produced and developed internationally. He teaches at The National Theatre School of Canada and Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, USA. Les Hunter is a playwright and theatre historian. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Creative Writing at Baldwin Wallace University, USA.

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