Theatre and Drama | Playwriting I
T453 | 4647 | Reardon
MAY BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT.
If you like to write but have never before created anything for the
theatre, this course is designed for you. Playwriting I concerns
itself with the shorter forms of drama. By the end of the semester
you will have generated a one to two minute monologue, a ten-minute
sketch, and an original one-act play some 30 to 35 pages long. You
will understand the underlying principles of dramatic construction,
and you will have a critical vocabulary sufficient to enable you both
to review productions and to assist in the constructive peer
evaluation of student works-in-progress.
Everyone will have at least two and possibly three individual
conferences with Professor Reardon and his Graduate Assistant. In
all likelihood, the best work generated during the semester will
receive a public reading.
Try to come to the first class with two or three ideas you think
might be workable.
vary, but frequently include Twenty-five Ten-Minute Plays from Actors
Theatre of Louisville and Dramatists Sourcebook.
a 30-35 page original one-act play and one revision thereof; shorter
works as time permits.
Mandatory attendance at a couple of IU Department of Theatre and