The Principles of Playmaking: And Other Discussions of the Drama

The Principles of Playmaking: And Other Discussions of the Drama

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The Principles of Playmaking: And Other Discussions of the Drama

The Principles of Playmaking: And Other Discussions of the Drama

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Of all the theorists of the theater in the nineteenth century Francisque Sarcey was the shrewdest. He had an incomparable intimacy with the drama and an insatiable desire to discover the principles of the art of playmaking. Yet when he once set out to discuss these principles he felt obliged to begin by disclaiming any intention of issuing a series of edicts to be obeyed to the letter by all intending playwrights. "Most readers," he declared, "when you speak to them of a treatise on the art of the theater, or to express it more simply, as did our fathers, when you speak to them of the Rules of the Drama, believe that you have in mind a code of precepts by the aid of which one is assured, if he writes, of composing a piece without faults, or if he criticizes, of being able to place his finger precisely on every defect." Sarcey went on to confess that this belief in the all-sufficiency of a sequence of dramatic dogmas was peculiarly French and that it was a long establisht tradition. He cited the case of the . . .

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