Compiles dramaturgical essays with practical writing tips. In this encompassing and accessible introduction to dramaturgy, Felicia Hardison Londre promotes the dramaturgical essay as both an art form and as a method for improving creative writing skills. ""Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy"" includes Londre's essays on plays produced at several regional professional theatre companies interspersed with instructive examples for writing more clearly, economically, and compellingly. Beginning with an introduction that outlines the purpose of the dramaturgical essay as well as its usefulness as a tool for teaching how to write for the theatre, Londre provides numerous examples of this specialized literary genre culled from program essays she has written for the Missouri Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, American Heartland Theatre, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. ""Words at Play: Creative Writing and Dramaturgy"" contains more than sixty complete essays and pertinent selections from twenty others. Drawing on personal and professional experiences as a teacher and dramaturg, Londre considers plays from timeless classics, including those of Shakespeare and Chekhov, to contemporary favorites and a few unusual and largely unknown pieces. A foreword by Royal Shakespeare Company associate artist Barry Kyle addresses the evolving role of the dramaturg in Britain and America. Dakin Williams, brother of playwright Tennessee Williams, provides an additional foreword.
Felicia Hardison Londre is Curators' Professor of Theatre at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Dramaturg for the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. She is the author of Love's Labour's Lost: Critical Essays and The History of World Theater: From the English Restoration to the Present. She was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in 1999 and received the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 2001.