How to Improvise a Full-Length Play
Forget the script and get on the stage! In How to Improvise a Full-Length Play, actors, playwrights, directors, theater-group leaders, and teachers will find everything they need to know to create comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce, with no scripts, no scenarios, and no preconceived characters. Author Kenn Adams presents a step-by-step method for long-form improvisation, covering plot structure, storytelling, character development, symbolism, and advanced scene work. Games and exercises throughout the book help actors and directors focus on and succeed with cause-and-effect storytelling, raising the dramatic stakes, creating dramatic conflict, building the dramatic arc, defining characters, creating environments, establishing relationships, and more.
How to Improvise a Full-Length Play is the essential tool for anyone who wants to create exceptional theater.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Basic Improvisation
- The Balance between Structure and Spontaneity
- Cause-and-Effect Storytelling
- Raising the Dramatic Stakes
- Creating the Environment
- Developing Characters
- Building the Arc of the Play
- Creating Dramatic Conflict
- Using Symbolism and Metaphor to Develop a Theme
Who Can Benefit from the Book?
- Professional and student improvisers who want to improvise a full-length play
- Improvisers who are not yet ready to improvise a full-length play but want to improve upon certain areas such as story-telling, character, environment, or advanced scene work
- College and high-school improvisation and theater teachers who are looking to bring an advanced improvisation curriculum into the classroom
- Playwrights, screenwriters, and television writers who are interested in a unique approach to mastering dramatic structure
- Actors who are interested in exploring the structure of a play from their characters’ points of view
- Directors who are interested in analyzing dramatic structure and character motivation
- Educators of all levels who are interested in an innovative approach to bringing theater and the English-language arts into the classroom