Columbia Workshop Plays: Fourteen Radio Dramas

Columbia Workshop Plays: Fourteen Radio Dramas

Columbia Workshop Plays: Fourteen Radio Dramas

Columbia Workshop Plays: Fourteen Radio Dramas

Excerpt

The publication of this book of Columbia Workshop productions serves three purposes. The first is to add to the general public's store of good reading material. The second is to acquaint prospective radio writers with some of the problems of radio writing. Every year about seven thousand ambitious and wholly sincere persons send manuscripts to the Workshop and wonder why their work is returned with the usual rejection form. If these writers are given the opportunity to see what an accepted broadcast looks like in print, it may help them to realize what our present standards are. If they cannot approximate the quality of the Workshop plays, it is only fair to them to have the means of seeing for themselves what that quality is, without further waste of their time.

The third and equally important purpose in bringing out these productions in book form is to answer the hundreds of legitimate requests from student groups and organizations for copies of the better Workshop scripts for study or test performances in the classroom, on the lecture platform, or for other purposes involving no financial profit. Because of mechanical difficulties and because of the fact that, as a rule, only first radio- performance rights are vested in a broadcasting company, copies of these scripts cannot be distributed to the many who would like to read, or perhaps perform, a well-written radio production.

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