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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2016 07:51 pm
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horrormaker
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Mana: 
while writing my play. i tell how each person should react to what they are saying...like

Linda
(happy)
It's my birthday.

Frank
(Judgemental)
So what!

is this too much. i do this right after i list the character name but before the dialogue.

also, i do this.

Frank
(pleasanlty)
care for a drink?

(points to the bar, then walks over there.)

too much?

thanks for your help

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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2016 09:09 pm
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Mana: 
Absolutely perfect choice. BUT, if you are not sparingly using those emotional directions, the reader and director will know they're dealing with either an amateur or a writer who doesn't trust the director. USE THEM ONLY WHEN NECESSARY.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 28th, 2016 07:40 am
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Mana: 
horrormaker,

May I suggest:


http://rock.uwc.edu/arts/theatre

Even Paul Ryan, your Congressman, would not be asking such basic questions. If anyone knows how to "build a drama" it is a politician and their advisors!

Why do I get the feeling you are pulling our leg on this site? There are many books at your local library that can help you with these basic tenets. And I am sure there is a local theatre group near you - along with the unviersity - that you can get involved with. I suggest you contact them.

There are also many books at the library.

I am have always been more than willing to help...but this seems like you need something far more basic than I can provide...or you are pulling our leg.

I have no more to say.

Best in your future pursuits.

IMR

P.S. I hope you prove me wrong and win a Tony Award for Best Play.

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 Posted: Tue Jun 28th, 2016 07:09 pm
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Mana: 
i belong to a theater group. i have acted for them and did some stage help. i went to the president of the group and submitted my play. they told me it wasn't good enough for a regular stage play and didn't have the standard for being a stage play, so they rejected it.
i asked for an examples of what they are talking about. got none. they just pushed it aside and moved on, telling me to handle rejection.
i am just trying to find out what is wrong with it or are they just wrong? no one will tell me anything.
i am just about to believe they don't know what they are talking about, but wanted different opinions on my play.
that is why all of the questions. they may seem lame but i am just trying to pin point something.
i have done tons of research and still am searching, maybe the answer is right in front of me, I just don't see it.
thanks for your help

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