How to Write a Play

Writing for the stage is different than writing for a film script. While many of the storytelling aspects are the same, there are differences important to note. In Script Magazine’s How to Write a Play section, you’ll find tips on theme, premise, plot, outlining, formatting a stage play, writing dialogue, scenes and the differences between successful one-act or multi-acts plays.

adaptation: faithful or original?

Script Gods Must Die: Adaptation – Faithful Or Original?

Dan Sutherland, a Chicago playwright pal of mine, once took a swipe at Shakespeare, concocting his “Biker Macbeth” from the deepest recesses of a pickled imagination. It was years ago and I’ve blocked out his actual reboot. I do remember one scene where Macbeth in black biker gear rolls a black bowling ball across...

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The Wide Margin: Summertime Challenge

With June now safely behind us, the 2013-2014 school year is officially over.  It’s summertime! When I was younger that meant 75 days of uninterrupted fun.  That’s just how we roll in the United States: you are either in-school learnin’ or you are out-of-school playin’. We carry those impressions into adulthood. If you want...

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The Wide Margin: My First Writing Course (A Fairy Story)

Do you remember your first writing course?  I do.  High school.  Junior year.  Part of Mr. K’s honors British Literature class.  Mr. K worked hard at his reputation of being the most no-nonsense, scariest teacher that the good little middle class boys and girls of my sleepy, no-movie-theater town could imagine.  Even the honors Trigonometry...