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Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays Paperback – Jul 7 1983
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“In fewer than 100 pages, this marvelously instructive book shows how to unlock the secrets of plot, character, theme, exposition, imagery, motivation, conflict, theatricality and pacing… Our editor says he learned more about dramatic structure in the few hours he spent with this 96-page book than he has in his 20-years of theater experience.”—Stage Directions</DIV>
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<DIV><DIV>David Ball is Professor of playwriting, acting, theater history, and literature at Carnegie-Mellon University and Artistic Director, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Stage Company. He has published two plays, Assassin! and an adaptation of Woyzeck, and has written and directed more than one hundred plays in professional, academic, and community theaters.</div></DIV>
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By having a person read a play backwards, Ball shows how to grasp the playwright's intentions, and the character's movements. It's a basic theatrical literary theatre that is surprisingly effective, especially in trying to teach young writers how to create a play.
I highly recommend this book to the theatre neophyte as well as the theatre professional.
As an aspiring director I found the content very helpful, rudimentary, and although at times basic, always insightful. A must-have.
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Ball's book is perhaps one of the most concise and insightful texts written about the subject of text analysis. Read morePublished on March 3 2000 by Charles L. Cron
My teacher from San Jose State University made us read this and I learned a lot from it. It was quick, fast, and simple reading; a great tool for those investigating plays. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2000 by Chris Consorte
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