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More Than Just Playmaking,
This review is from: The Crafty Art of Playmaking (Paperback)
Alan Ayckbourn's book on the art of the theater covers far more than just "playmaking" His years of experience as both author and director are evident as he gives "obvious rules" for writing, directing, establishing characters, and everthing in between.
Not only does he devote a substantial amount of space to the play writing process, but he also talks about casting, lighting, chosing a costume designer, working with your tech staff, and dealing with your actors during the various stages of the production.
All this is given, not as a dissertation, but with a genuine sense of love for his craft.
I found the examples of dialogue-taken from his own plays to illustrate the various points of writing-extremely helpful.
I will refer to this book again in my own writing endeavors.