The Art of Playwriting: Lectures Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on the Mask and Wig Foundation

The Art of Playwriting: Lectures Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on the Mask and Wig Foundation

The Art of Playwriting: Lectures Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on the Mask and Wig Foundation

The Art of Playwriting: Lectures Delivered at the University of Pennsylvania on the Mask and Wig Foundation

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The addresses contained in this volume are the concrete result of an interesting experiment in the teaching of playwriting as a part of the curriculum of an American university. It was perhaps natural that this experiment should be inaugurated in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, where our native drama had its birth in The Prince of Parthia, by Thomas Godfrey, written under the direct inspiration of the first Provost, William Smith. And while the course was new in its form, it was a natural and logical development of the work in drama at Pennsylvania. For many years, instruction in playwriting had been given by the Department of English, in connection with the courses in the history of the drama, in play production, and in dramatic criticism. It was felt, however, that further development of creative playwriting should be in charge of practical playwrights who could speak with the authority that comes from achievement.

The opportunity to plan such a program came through the generosity of the Mask and Wig Club, which for forty years has held the first place among the dramatic organizations at Pennsylvania. Five playwrights were invited to be in residence, each for . . .

CONTENTS

WRITING AND PLAYWRITING Jesse Lynch Williams 13

SUBSTANCE AND ART IN THE DRAMA Langdon Mitchell 27

THE CARVING OF THE IVORY Lord Dunsany 47

A PLAY IS PRESENTED Gilbert Emery 69

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PLAY Rachel Crothers 115

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