Crafting Compelling Scenes

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For a play to succeed, each scene must be compelling. In this highly interactive, four-week course, we’ll read and analyze a few great scenes from contemporary American plays and apply that analysis to your scenes too. Note: this course is for those who are currently writing or revising a play. Come to the first night of class prepared to share a draft of all or part of an opening scene (as this course will be taught on Zoom, copies of the scene must be sent electronically to participants before each class). Required texts: The Portable MFA In Creative Writing by New York Writers’ Workshop and A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Vintage Books edition, with an introduction by Robert Nemiroff).

About Marilyn Millstone

Marilyn Millstone's award-winning playwriting is rooted in her background as a news and feature journalist and essayist. Her full-length dramas, one-acts, ten-minute plays, and monologues have been produced by: Barrington Stage (MA), Birdhouse Theatre (GA), Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (OH), Dorset Players (VT), Fells Point Corner Theatre (MD), Silver Spring Stage (MD), Hudson Warehouse (NYC), the West Side Show Room (IL), the End of the Road New Play Festival (AL), and the Short & Sweet Festivals in Sydney and Dubai. Holder of an MFA in playwriting from Spalding University, Millstone’s first full-length play, the semi-historical drama The Sculptress, was produced by Baltimore’s Fells Point Corner Theatre and won two prizes at the 2011 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Her ten-minute comedy, Compos Mentis, has been produced nine times (seven times in America and twice abroad) and won numerous awards. Two of her plays had world premieres in 2018: her one-act comedy, Birthday Girl, at the Silver Spring Stage One-Act Play Festival, and her ten-minute drama Play Date at the Rockford New Play Festival. Two of Millstone's monologues were selected for Best Women's Monologues of 2019, published by Smith and Kraus. Her full-length drama Proprioception recently won AACT NewPlayFest 2020; it will be produced by Rover Dramawerks in Plano, Texas, in April 2020 and published by Dramatic Publishing, see:

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