How to Read a Play
Grove Press, 1999 - 113 páginas
How to Read a Play is an introductory guide to the art of translating the printed page of a play or screenplay into dramatic mental images; it has been a classic among actors, directors, and writers for the past twenty years. Now fully updated and revised, the book devotes a chapter exclusively to screenplays, noting the intrinsic differences between a screenplay and a playscript and thus bringing this invaluable classic up to date.
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The reader and the medium
Momentum and suspense
Not by words alone
Costume and identity
Identity and character
Irony and ambiguity
Meaning and experience
Playreading as a pleasure
Key to extracts
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