Playwright’s Tools

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Playwright’s Tools Action Action = what the character wants May also be referred to as objective, goal, desire, motivation, etc. Playwright must create situations in which we can watch the characters pursue their actions Every character should have an action Super-Objective or Motivation Motivation = character’s reason for wanting what they want A character’s motivation can greatly influence the kind of play you write Subtext Subtext = when character seems to have one motivation, but actually has another Creates mystery in a play that keeps the audience guessing Actors thrive on subtext must figure out how a line should be delivered ex. “I’m fine” Conflict Conflict = what keeps the character from getting what he/she wants 2 types External Internal something within that is keeping character from getting what he/she wants Conflict is NOT an argument Event Event = when a character gets what he/she wants or definitely does not get it
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course THEA 200 taught by Professor Theaterappreciate/understanding during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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