Creating the Blueprint
Wilson and Goldfarb.
Theatre: The Lively Art
, 7th edition: Chapter 4.
. Translation by S.H. Butcher, London, 1907.
1. What are the playwright's tasks?
Select the specific
of the play,
point of view
2. Generally, what is the subject matter of a play?
Aristotle defined drama as "the imitation of men in action." There for, the
of all drama is "man," the human being. It is the playwright's responsibility to
select a specific human being, and to
on this person's story and character.
3. What is the purpose of drama?
To entertain, to teach, to question, to excite, to move, to thrill, to frighten.
Answering the question: "What is theatre for?," Jeffrey Sweet, a playwright on
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Theatre is for a lot of things.
, of course. It's also a
which groups of people jointly participate in creating / witnessing images of their
culture and so see these images in a new way. It's also for
-- to provide an outlet
for people to have a good time in a structured way. It can also be for
make vivid, for instance, arguments and controversies which would look less vital
summarized in historical, philosophical, sociological or anthropological texts. (
4. What are Aristotle's
Six Elements of Dramatic Structure