How Plays Work 1

School of Drama: Playwriting

Graduate Course

Majors Only

How Plays Work 1

Fall 2019

Taught By: Michael Weller

Section: A

CRN: 1411

Credits: 4

Through the first semester of the graduate playwright's second year of study, students will learn to analyze the mechanics first of both one act and full length plays. Using this knowledge they will write a one play of their own incorporating strategies, techniques and structural principles discussed in class. We will use a mixture of classic and modern plays to illuminate the most effective practices of master playwrights. The class will be expected to read an assigned play (one act, then full length) each week, and to write a one sentence, and then a one paragraph synopsis of the dramatic action of the play, which they will read aloud in class and discuss. Writing exercises will be assigned based on specific issues raised in each week's play reading, and we will try always identify and compare procedures in various plays to help the student find practices common to all drama, from the classic Greek to modern television sitcom.

Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.

College: School of Drama (DR)

Department: Playwriting (TPLW)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 4

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:25pm 7/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 1:00pm - 3:55pm

Building: Drama 151 Bank

Room: 105

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/3/2019