Using the Stage to Tell a Story

Recently I saw the movie Fences in theaters, a film based on the play by August Wilson. Everything about it was working great for me – the plot, the conflicts, the characters, but best of all the performances. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis were outstanding, moving me on so many different levels emotionally I could…

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How to Read a Shakespeare Play on Your Own

Read Shakespeare on Your Own

If you were fortunate enough to take a university level course on Shakespeare at some point in your life (with a good professor!), you’ll understand the necessity in reading Shakespeare’s work as a storyteller. However, since so many people tend to experience Shakespeare in high school where they either couldn’t appreciate the text or their teacher did not appreciate…

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What You Need to Know About Playwriting

What You Need to Know About Playwriting

When discussing playwriting, I often tend to characterize it as screenwriting’s “down-to-earth older sister.” The primary reason for this is the pure freedom of playwriting, something that at first left me feeling confused as a screenwriter when I took my first playwriting class. “What do you mean I can do whatever I want and that there…

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