Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Playwriting - End of Marking Period

The due date for your Full Length Play is this Thursday, Jan. 22. I will be accepting scripts into next week (Monday, Jan. 26 - please put into my mailbox on the 2nd floor.) Scripts turned in AFTER that date will be considered LATE and points will be removed from the over all rubric score.

In addition, a short "quiz/test" will be given on Thursday dealing with The Piano Lesson. You should be familiar with the play's protagonist, antagonist, conflict, point of attack (inciting incident), theme, setting (including date), major/minor characters and their motivation, the protagonist's dark moment & enlightenment, the play's essential question, Aristotle's six elements of a play (plot, character, diction, thought, spectacle, song), the crisis, complications to the plot (rising action), the climax, catharsis, the structure of the play (2 act play), its ending (resolution), and know basic information about the author/playwright August Wilson. To be safe you should be familiar with some of the other playwrights and their work that we read this year: August Strindberg, Christopher Durang, Ntozake Shange, Anton Chekhov, William Shakespeare, Alfred Uhry, Charles Ludlum, Paula Vogel, Marsha Norman, George C. Wolfe, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Today, please work on your full length plays (or, if you are writing only at home, complete the Piano Lesson).

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