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The Drama of Creation: Writers on Writing

How can a handful of words, scribbled on a napkin or a train schedule, grow into a timeless play? How does a storyteller create characters with lives and intentions of their own? Is writing a miraculous act, impossible to explain or describe, or is it 90 percent perspiration? In this program, a chorus of famous authors discuss creative strategies that lead to emotionally charged stories and dramatic narratives. The video weaves together rarely seen interviews featuring nuts-and-bolts commentary from Neil Simon, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Peter Shaffer, Tina Howe, and other artists whose work profoundly moves readers and audiences. Exploring the writer’s craft from several different angles—the roller coaster of inspiration, the pros and cons of collaboration, the importance of listening to a character’s voice, and more—this luminous compendium of literary wisdom is an indispensable resource for any aspiring author or writing instructor. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (48 minutes)

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Item#: BVL34866
Copyright date: ©2006
DVD (Chaptered) ISBN 978-1-4213-4116-3

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Do You Speak American?

Why is the English spoken by Maine lobstermen so different from the English spoken by Texas cowboys? What constitutes "standard English" in the U.S. today? Will Spanish displace English altogether? And how is English linked to issues of race, gender,...(more details)
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Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theater
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Why do plays well over two millennia old still speak to audiences today? This program traces Greek theater from ancient harvest rites to the golden age of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Key scenes from Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, ...(more details)
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Arthur Miller and The Crucible
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In the 1950s, the House Un-American Activities Committee was set up to combat the growing “threat” of communism in the U.S. Playwright Arthur Miller was one of many writers summoned to testify at this political witch hunt. Miller, who was nearly ruin...(more details)
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Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy
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“I have the strength to walk my own path, no matter how hard, in my search for reality, and not cling to the splendid wagon of desperate illusions.” A writer of novels, short stories, folktales, plays, and essays, Zora Neale Hurston combined a hunger...(more details)
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The “magic” of theater is the result of rigorous planning, hard work, and the finely honed skills of artisans and designers. This program takes viewers inside the technical process of mounting a stage play. Focusing on a theater company’s major produ...(more details)
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