The Blueprint: Building Your Play
Instructor: Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
This class breaks structure down to the nuts and bolts of writing, introducing you to tools that will help you turn a blank page into a first draft, and successfully assess it for further revisions. You will learn how to raise the stakes for your characters and how to tell a story with twists and turns. You will learn what you need to do to make a scene work, and follow it through to encompass the complete arc of a story.
This class will take an in-depth look into the dramatic elements of four plays: The Toilet by Amiri Baraka, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, What of the Night by Maria Irene Fornes, and Top Dog Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks. By examining the building blocks of these plays, participants will create outlines and begin work on their own brand-new, full-length plays.
NOTE: Participants are asked to obtain the plays on their own prior to class.