THTR T454 Sec. 4203 D. Reardon

Playwriting 2

1:00-2:15p TR 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisite: THTR T453 Instructor Recommendation or Consent of Instructor required; prior playwriting experience helpful.


The primary objective of this class is to assist the student in the creation of a full-length play, generally construed to mean two acts running about 80-90 properly formatted pages in the appropriate font. Playwriting 2 is first and foremost a "workshop" class involving individual conferences and peer evaluations of work-in-progress in-class readings.

However, depending upon class size and subsequent time constraints, an effort will be made to instruct students not only in "How" to write a play, but in "why" to write a play. Contemporary work will be placed in an historical/mythic framework examining the origins of the dramatic impulse in western and non-western cultures. An effort will be made to track the development of certain techniques from the Greeks through the middle ages down into their present forms. Consideration will also be given to the historically unprecedented problems confronting today's dramatists in an age dominated by film and television.

Savran: In Their Own Words; Dramatists Sourcebook; and, generally, one or two contemporary plays, frequently linked to the Spring productions of the Theatre and Drama Department.
One full-length play (80-90 pp.) And, if possible, one revision of rough draft.
Mandatory attendance at IU Spring University Theatre productions.