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Saturday, April 16 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Synergy for the Lone Playwright: A Playwriting Workshop with Marc Beaudin

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Theatre is perhaps the most collaborative art form. Directors, scenic designers, actors, lighting designers, costumers, sound engineers and makeup artists all work together toward a shared vision to create a living work of art. Throughout the process, they challenge and inspire each other. A creative spark in one field will open up new ideas and understandings in others. However, there is often one artist within the project who is isolated from this collaborative synergy: the playwright.

While some playwrights believe in the value of their isolation, assuming it results in their work being “pure” or “unadulterated,” I contend that they revel in their lonely garret to the detriment of their work and of the art of theatre. The greater the ability to listen and respond to the other artists involved, the stronger the synergistic effects will be. Developing a script with the director and actors who will eventually stage it provides a chance to test every line and action against the truth of performance.

But if this isn’t possible, what can be done? This workshop will explore techniques for gaining the benefits of collaboration even when one is working alone. We’ll discuss ways to tap into the writer’s imaginative powers to collaborate with hypothetical actors and to see one’s work as part of the grand, interlocking machinery of theatre. This will result not only in stronger writing, but ones more likely to find production.

We will also examine the roots of character, action, conflict and arc to determine what makes a scene – and how a scene is not a script and a script is not a play and a play is not theatre. We’ll discover what is needed for each of these building blocks to lead to the next. Finally, we’ll consider the value of subtext, mystery and uncertainty in creating true theatre.

$20 student, $30 general. Registration through BrownPaperTickets.com.

Saturday April 16, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Spokane Convention Center 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

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