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 Posted: Sun Sep 2nd, 2007 05:49 pm
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Mana: 
I stumbled upon a good discussion of the value/non-value of having a dramaturg involved in your play. It is a vibrant and open discussion and I enjoyed the different perspectives.

the link:

http://parabasis.typepad.com/blog/2007/08/a-play-is-not-1.html#comment-80861741


It is filled with some very keen and very perceptive comments and insights, and also some of the stupidest comments I could ever read, all of which were done in good faith…which is scary.

I was going to point out a few, but you can read for yourself. Some of it is very inspiring. Some of it will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Some may make you want to punch someone!

Which I think makes it a very worthwhile read. It will show you what and who is out there. This blog kind of goes along with the "American Theatre's Failure of Nerve" article which you can find on this same thread.

I think the problem or virtue of the rise of the dramturg - especially in the institutional theatres no matter their size - can stem from the "compartmentalization" in the training of American theatre.

Most of the playwrights who crafted wonderful plays were not writers. They were well-rounded "People of Theatre" who knew how to use their skills and craft their work for theatre. Name the theatre writers from The Greeks on to today and you will find this to be true. They were essentially and basically and proudly "show people."

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in media res

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 Posted: Mon Sep 3rd, 2007 05:04 pm
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Mana: 
What a great read!  Thanks a ton. 

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