Writing for Stage and Screen - 12th Grade English
"We must be brave enough to betray our truth with better fiction"
Reading and Writing for Stage and Screen is a course designed to take the mystery out of writing a great stage or screen play. Students explore plays that generally don’t make the high school reading list, but have captured and changed cultures, including Angels in America, The Vagina Monologues, and August Osage County. We will also read and analyze dramatic theory including Aristotle’s Poetics and Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. We will look at the fundamental differences between stage and screen writing while writing 10 Min plays, movie shorts and television episodes. Selected plays written in this class will be staged by the Advanced Theatre Arts class in the spring. More important than anything we will play with plays as we each discover and develop our own dramatic voice.