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As a theater major, I am often asked to read plays not only from an actor’s perspective, but also from the viewpoints of directors, dramaturgs (who are basically part theater historian and part theater analyst), and theatrical designers. Because Ursinus does not currently offer a playwriting course, an independent investigation of the art of playwriting with an emphasis on dramatic adaptation feels like the logical next step in my journey to understand all aspects of the theater world. The big question on which my Summer Fellows project focuses is: “What gets changed in a story when it is adapted, or even readapted, for the stage?” When viewing a play that is adapted from a particular text, it is important to understand how and why a text has been changed for a new audience. This project includes an exploration of the structures and styles of select playwrights as well as an in-depth analysis of the practice of playwrighting. My work culminates in an extensive annotated bibliography of my reading, a draft of my own play, and a response paper.
Ryan, Jacob F., "The Art of the Story: An Introduction to Playwriting and Dramatic Adaptation" (2021). Theater Summer Fellows. 9.
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