17 More Plays to Read
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Order 'We film makers don't work for posterity. We create with celluloid and chemical pigments that don't last very long. They fade away. In 200 years there will be nothing left of our work but dust.'

-- Louis Malle






Playwriting is primarily a verbal art, so hearing plays is better than reading plays.

Seeing plays in production helps, but less than you'd think until you're attuned to the technique of this craft. If the production is anything short of absolutely terrible -- and if you're like most folks -- at first you'll get so swept away by the story and characters that you'll have only a hazy memory of the important structural techniques the playwright used. So reading is a better approach to start with.

If you're doing this on your own, forget everything you ever learned about speed-reading: read these plays out loud to yourself or do it silently in your head, but saying every word. This way, the technical structure will be clearer to you. And so will the playwright's Voice.


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If you have trouble finding some of these as separate editions in your local library, try Inter-Play, a Web-based search tool that locates plays published in anthologies, magazines, and journals.


And for more suggested plays . . .

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