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Page to Stage
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At last, for those who adapt literature into scripts, a how-to book that illuminates the process of creating a stageworthy play. Page to Stage describes the essential steps for constructing adaptations for any theatrical venue, from the college classroom to a professionally produced production. Acclaimed director Vincent Murphy offers students in theater, literary studies, and creative writing a clear and easy-to-use guidebook on adaptation. Its step-by-step process will be valuable to professional theater artists as well, and for script writers in any medium. Murphy defines six essential building blocks and strategies for a successful adaptation, including theme, dialogue, character, imagery, storyline, and action. Exercises at the end of each chapter lead readers through the transformation process, from choosing their material to creating their own adaptations. The book provides case studies of successful adaptations, including The Grapes of Wrath (adaptation by Frank Galati) and the author's own adaptations of stories by Samuel Beckett and John Barth. Also included is practical information on building collaborative relationships, acquiring rights, and getting your adaptation produced.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgements
  2. pp. iii-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part One: The Six Building Blocks
  2. pp. 15-15
  1. 1. Find Literature That Compels You and Define Its Theme
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 2. Select Dialogue and Narrative
  2. pp. 35-59
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  1. 3. Identify Principal Characters and Primary Relationships
  2. pp. 60-74
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  1. 4. Choose an Evocative Stageable Image
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. 5. Construct the Storyline
  2. pp. 90-104
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  1. 6. Craft Playable Actions
  2. pp. 105-120
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  1. Part Two: Sturdy Construction: Yours, Mine, & Master Adaptors
  2. pp. 121-121
  1. 7. Balancing the Blocks
  2. pp. 123-143
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  1. 8. Two Case Studies: Enough and Me and My Shadow
  2. pp. 144-159
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  1. 9. Partnership and Performance
  2. pp. 160-176
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  1. Appendix: Adaptations by Vincent Murphy
  2. pp. 177-177
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-192
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