december, 2020

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02dec2:30 pm3:30 pmWriting The Play You Know How To Write: Finding tension in dialogue - Theatrewith Oren Safdie

Event Details

Ages: 12 – 17 (Grade 7 – 11)
Part 1 / Wednesday December 2, 2020 / 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Part 2 / Wednesday December 9, 2020 / 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Description: My method is to quickly demystify the “art” of writing, and to show how each student already possesses the skills s/he needs to write compelling drama. The first exercise is to have students write down typical dialogue from the family dinner table without thinking about plot or even writing down character names. I then show how each of their scenes have a unique voice, conflict (or potential for conflict), and differentiation between characters. The second lesson builds on this first exercise by guiding the students to work from their initial dialogues and introduce external conflict that elevates their dialogues into short dramatic plays ready for production.

Materials: Pen and paper or a computer for typing

Artist Bio: Oren Safdie was the artistic director of the Malibu Stage Co. He’s taught at University of Miami, Douglas College & CSArts. Four of his plays were New York Times Critics’ Pick, and one was cited as one of the top ten plays of the decade by the Wall Street Journal. His film YOU CAN THANK ME LATER starring Ellen Burstyn, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Newport Film Festival, and he wrote the film BITTERSWEET.

QEP Competencies

Dramatic Arts: Creates dramatic works
ELA: Uses language/talk to communicate and to learn, Represents her/his literacy in different media, Writes a variety of genres for personal and social purposes
ESL: Interacts orally in English, Writes and produces English texts
CCC: Uses information, Uses creativity, Uses information and communications technologies, Communicates appropriately


(Wednesday) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST


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