Stories High Session 2 – Playwriting Notes

Here’s some general notes that I took for me from the latest class.

– Beat:
  – building blocks of theater/play/script
  – each beat moves the story forward
  – can be seen when different tactics or strategies are used to develop the protagonist’s Action (want)

– If you have a block, look at the play’s Action, Conflict, and Event

– Event: the moment when a character either gets what he or she wants,
or definitively does not get it; there are normally many smaller
events in a play, but the main event is the result of action and
conflict; an event may take many different forms, but is always some
sort of change. (from Sam’s notes)

– Reading/Listening tips:
  – write down beats
  – what sounded good
  – what doesn’t make sense
  – what information is revealed by the dialogue/action

– Stakes:
  – goals should be high to make the protagonist NEED to get their want
  – explore what would happen if the character DOESN’T get what they want

– EACH character should have an action!

– All characters need a sense of history.

– Characters:
  – General Qualities: ie. how would you/others describe them
  – State of mind: ie. if they are lonely, how does this drive their action
  – Speech and Act: what do they say and do to define themselves and their drive towards their action.

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Conrad's a San Francisco Bay Area Playwright. He loves long walks upon the concrete and rainy days. Aside from writing words for actors to regurgitate into an audience's ears and eyes, he loves sports, 90's R&B, and learning.

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