Louis E. Catron

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And the Tony Goes to....
Elaine Stritch At Liberty won the American Theatre Wing's 2002 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.   Let's hear it for the one-person show!!  (Click here for one of the many well-deserved glowing reviews.)  She's not the only solo performer to receive a Tony.   Christopher Plummer (Barrymore), Robert Morse (Tru), Hal Holbrook (Mark Twain Tonight), and Julie Harris (The Belle of Amhurst) also have been honored with "Best Actor/Actress" awards.  Does that--I hope-- encourage you to create your own monodrama??


    For a review of The Power of One, written by Doug Cummins, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Furman University, and published in Southern Theatre, please click here: BookReview.html

   Stephen Peithman reviews a number of books including The Power of One, of which he says, in part, "...Catron does an excellent job here, particularly in helping an actor determine if he or she is capable of   serving as playwright and director as well, or if a collaborative effort is preferable."Link.

    For Talking Broadway's interview regarding The Power of One, please click here:  Interview.
The Power of One:  The Solo Play for Playwrights, Actors, and Directors

(Heinemann Publishers)

--One special feature of this book
is the inclusion of a number of
actual one-person scripts so
you can see how others have 
created the one-person play--


Chapter One:  Introduction
Chapter Two:  Confrontation and Self-Revelation
Chapter Three:  French Fries and Twirler: Two 
       Monodramas by Jane Martin
Chapter Four:  Bridges Across a Chasm:  Three Plays by Eric
       Bogosian, Anna Devere Smith, and Lanford Wilson
Chapter Five:  The Playwright, Actor, and Director as 
       Visionary, Lawmaker, and Storyteller
Chapter Six:  Characterization Techniques for Actors, 
       Playwrights, and Directors
Chapter Seven:  Constructing Plot with Character Objective
ChapterEight:  Collaboration in Rehearsals
Appendix:  The Evolution of the Solo Play



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A friend directed me to a most amazing post on Amazon.  The topic was a review of Syd Field's The Screenwriter's Workbook.  (Note:  screenwriting, not playwriting.)  Here's what a reviewer of that book said, giving Field's book one star out of a possible five:

"I've been a (moneymaking) script writer and scriptwriting prof for almost thirty years, and typically check out the new books. 

"The author [Syd Field] of this workbook certainly had good intentions, but the book itself is useless to anyone other than an absolute novice.

"If you want to learn to work with a script, don't buy this [book by Field] OR my own books (which are now out of print). Instead, try Louis Catron, the most highly respected scriptwriting professor and author on Earth."

Yeow!  (And that for scriptwriters...from an experienced screenwriter, professor, and book author!)  I'm humbled.

Here's the current link to that quotation:  Amazon link.

Of this book, and of The Elements of Playwriting (below), playwright Jean-Claude van Italie said, "Catron's books are the Mercedes of playwriting books." 

Writing in The Playwright's Companion, Mollie Meserve wrote: 
". . . it makes for compelling reading and, once begun, is difficult to put aside.  Paradoxically, Catron's is also a book which the reader will also, we believe, quickly but temporarily set aside in order to capture immediately on paper some new idea or rediscovered technique inspired by Catron's amiable and often eloquent prose.  In our opinion, this is a book that avoids the pitfalls and embraces the triumphs of every other work currently available on the subject of playwriting and should be held as essential reading in the eyes of dramatists of all levels of their careers." 
Playwriting:  Writing, Producing, 
and Selling Your Play

(Waveland Press)


Preface:  You Can Learn Quality Playwriting
Introduction:  This Book's "Audiences"
Chapter One: Why Playwriting?
Chapter Two:  Prelude to Playwriting
Chapter Three:  "A Maker of Plays"
Chapter Four:  The Credo
Chapter Five:  The Writer's Journal
Chapter Six: Guidelines for the First Play
Chapter Seven: The One-Act Play:  The Theatre's Iconoclast
Chapter Eight:  The Scenario
Chapter Nine:  The Sound of a Breaking Harp-String
Chapter Ten:  The Scene Not Written, the Speech Unspoken
Chapter Eleven:  Script Format:  Preparing the Final Version
Chapter Twelve:  Don't Talk About It, Write It!
Chapter Thirteen:  An Introduction to the "Six Elements of Drama
Chapter Fourteen:  Plot:  Part One
Chapter Fifteen:  Plot:  Part Two
Chapter Sixteen:  Plot:  Part Three
Chapter Seventeen:  Character:  Part One
Chapter Eighteeen:  Character:  Part Two
Chapter Nineteen:  Thought
Chapter Twenty:  Diction
Chapter Twenty-One:  Music and Spectacle
Chapter Twenty-Two:  Giving and Accepting Criticism in the 
      Playwriting Class
Chapter Twenty-Three:  Production and Publication
Chapter Twenty-Four: Your Play is Produced!



This version is out of print. 
The newly re-published version is below.

Macmillan Publishing, which published ELEMENTS, merged with Pearson Education and in the process allowed ELEMENTS to go out of print.  Plah! 

I am pleased, however, that Waveland Press has re-published  this book.  It is available now.   It has, by the way, a different cover.  Same ingredients.  See the cover below.

The folks at Waveland are quite good about filling orders promptly.  If you wish to visit the Waveland website, please click hereWaveland Press

The cover below is the new Waveland Press edition of The Elements of Playwriting

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[Chosen as a selection by the Fireside Book Club.]

The Elements of Playwriting:

How to Write Stageworthy Plays,
Develop Your Theatre Sense, 
Create Theatrical Characters,
Shape Plot and Dialogue, and
Find the Resources to Get Your Play Produced

(Macmillan Publishing)


Chapter One:  Being a Playwright
Chapter Two:  What Makes a Play?
Chapter Three:  The Size of Your Canvas:  Mondramas, One-Acts,
      and Full-Length Plays
Chapter Four:  Where do You Start?  Turning Your Ideas Into Plays
Chapter Five:  Creating Characters:  People in Action to Achieve
      Their Goals
Chapter Six:  Building Plot:  Shaping Your Play's Action
Chapter Seven:  Constructing Dialogue:  Action Through Words
Chapter Eight:  Evaluating and Revising Your Play
Chapter Nine:  Script Format:  Typing Your Play for Producers and 
Chapter Ten:  Resources for the Playwright

      An Amazon critic--Robert Santos--says of Elements, "Not Just for Playwrights!"  His comments are most heartening, indeed.  In part, he says:
       Don't let the title deceive you - this is a masterly guide for all fiction writers. Catron's insights  into creating characters, building plots, constructing dialogue, overcoming writer's block, finding inspiration, and turning ideas into plays apply to all forms of dramatic writing. 
      Bless his heart!  You can read his full comments (and comments of other readers) by clicking here.
      Karen Hall--who has made an enviable career as an award-winning television writer, screenwriter, and novelist--says much the same:
      With all due respect to the publishers, I've always thought this book was badly titled.  It's really a much less specific book.  It's a great primer on writing of any sort, with wonderful exercises designed to teach plot, characterization, dialogue, etc.

       Many thanks for those gracious remarks!  You can see Karen Hall's list of "Required reading for Wanna-Be Writers"  by clicking here.   Her website is well-worth visiting (click here) and you'll want to browse her rich materials.



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Of this book, Broadway director Wilford Leach said, "Bravo!  Bravo!  Catron's book contains flashes of lightning for directors."
Baker's Plays says, "This is a dynamic, practical text that focuses equally on the arts of  interpretation and problem-solving. The author leads students through short, lucid chapters to develop an organized, step-by-step methodology from play analysis  through casting, rehearsal, and performance. No other directing text contains as much information on such subjects as play analysis, directorial responsibilities and ethics, leadership techniques, working with actors in communicating guidelines for rehearsals and developing characters, blocking and problem-solving." Link.
A portion of The Director's Vision -- The Director's Responsibilities -- is quoted on "Backstage."  Link.

The Director's Vision:
Play Direction from Analysis to Production

(Mayfield Publishing)



Chapter One:  Developing Your Directorial Vision
Chapter Two:  The Director's Functions and Responsibilities
Chapter Three:  Introduction to Play Analysis
Chapter Four:  Plot:  How a Play is Constructed
Chapter Five:  Character:  The People of the Play
Chapter Six:  Thought:  The Meaning of the Play
Chapter Seven:  Diction:  The Language of the Play
Chapter Eight: Music:  The Sounds of the Play
Chapter Nine:  Spectacle:  The Visual Aspects of Production
Chapter Ten:  The Prompt Book
Chapter Eleven:  Auditions
Chapter Twelve:  Casting
Chapter Thirteen:  Planning the Rehearsal Schedule
Chapter Fourteen:  Working with Actors, Part One:  Guidelines for 
Chapter Fifteen:  Working with Actors, Part Two:  Developing 
Chapter Sixteen:  The Floor Plan
Chapter Seventeen: Blocking the Play, Part One:  Principles
Chapter Eighteen:  Blocking, Part Two:  Techniques
Chapter Nineteen:  Rhythm, Tempo, and Pace
Chapter Twenty:  Working with Actors, Part Three:  Problem-Solving.
Appendix A:  Royalties, Permissions, and Play Publishing-Leasing
Appendix B:  Names, Addresses, and Descriptions of Play Publishers-Leasing Agents



The hard bound copy is out of print 
but it is available from time to time 
at various used book sites.

The paperback version is listed above, 
and it is in print.

The Bugs has had several thousand productions in
the U.S. and Canada, plus a few showings in other countries. 
It has several times appeared on lists of 
"Most Frequently Produced....in the U.S."

Should you be interested in a copy of this play,
Click this line to go to the Samuel French catalog
and do a title search for title or author.


Out of print.

Bluebird has enjoyed over a thousand
productions in the U.S. and Canada.
Should you be interested in a copy of this play,
Click this line to go to the Samuel French catalog
and do a title search for title or author.

Out of print.  It has been republished as 
Playwriting:  Writing, Producing, and Selling Your Play
and is listed higher on this page.

Samuel French offers this pro bono publico--free--as
a public service to theatre directors.
Should you be interested in a copy of this booklet,
Click this line to go to the Samuel French catalog
and do a title search for title or author.

~~Well over 750 Internet sites 
for Canadian and American 
Actors, Dancers, Playwrights, Designers, Directors, Choreographers, Technicians, Dramaturgs,
Dance and Theatre Arts Managers,
Job Seekers~~

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A word about a special feature of this book: 
it contains information about accessing a website which will contain updates and changes to the contents.




Chapter 1.  Welcome to the World Wide Internet 
      The Net and the Web
      Theatrical riches on the net
      The purpose of Theatre Sources Dot
Chapter 2.  Search Engines for Theatre 
      Three Basic Categories of Search
      Search Engines to Search Out Search 
      Recommended Search Engines
      Search Engines and Directories
      Common Search Techniques
Chapter 3.  27 Best First Searches for Theatre 
      14 Sites Specifically for Theatre 
      10 Conglomerate Category Sites
      3 Sites to Answer Your Questions 
Chapter 4.  Copyright Laws for Playwrights, Theatre Managers, Producers, Artistic Directors, Theatre Department Chairs, High School and College Teachers, Directors, and Sound Designers. 
      The Importance of Copyright Law to 
          Theatre Participants
      What is Copyright?
       Copyright established in the U. S.
       Authoritative websites for copyright
     What can be Copyrighted?
      What cannot be copyrighted
      Copyright protection of playscripts and 
            musical plays
      Assignment of the playwright’s rights
      "Work for hire"
      How long does a copyright last?
      Copyright and "public domain"
      Searching to find if a play has fallen 
            into public domain
      Copyright for Playwrights
      How to copyright your play
      Ensuring that others know the play is 
            under copyright
      Copyright for Stage Directors and 
      Copyright for Sound Designers
      Steps to obtain rights 
      Sites to help you find who holds copyright
            for selected music
      Music in the "Public Domain" that no 
           longer is copyrighted
      Infringement of Copyright—What 
           Happens if Someone Uses 
           Copyrighted Material 
      What are the legal repercussions of 
           violating copyright?
       Who runs the risk of being fined for 
           violating copyright laws?
        Facing the Facts:  Copyright is the Law
            of the Land…and of the Theatre
       Myths about copyright
       Two examples of playwrights evoking 
            copyright laws—Actions by
            Edward Albee and Samuel Beckett
       Copyright and stage directions
       Publishers-leasing agents stipulations 
            about unauthorized productions,
            changing playscripts, and royalty 
            charges regardless of whether
            admission is charged.
       One Possible Exception:  Face-to-Face"
            Classroom Education
       "Fair Use"
Chapter 5.  Netting the Wrighting Life—Sites for Playwrights 
      Organizations and Programs for 
       Finding Particular Playwrights
       Theatrical Organizations Dedicated to 
            Producing New Plays
        E-Classes, Seminars, and Online
        Free sites
        Pay-to-learn sites
        Reference books for playwrights
        Reference Sites for Writers
        Forums for Writers
        Your Personal Website
Chapter 6.  Sites for Directing, Choreography, Dramaturgy, and Research
 Play Directing and Choreography
       Organizations for directors and 
        Career development for directors
        Helpful resources for directors, 
            choreographers, and dramaturgs
       Sites for choreographers
       Copyright for choreographers
       Research Tools
       Encyclopedia for general initial 
       Reference sites for directors, 
           choreographers, and dramaturgs
       Finding individual plays and playwrights
       Library bibliographies
Chapter 7.  Acting—Stage Combat and 
       Improvisation—and Dance
      Organizations, Unions
      Resources for Actors
       General resources
      Audition informational sites—paid 
      Hollywood dreams
      Audition informational sites—free
      On-Line Workshops, Programs
      Improvisational Theatre
      Stage Combat
      Personal Web Pages for Actors and
      Presenters, festivals, and workshops
Chapter 8.  Introduction to Design and Technical Theatre on the Net
      Shop Safety—Required Reading 
      Organizations for Designers and 
      Basic Sites for Designers and Technicians
      For Classes
      Jobs in Design and Technical Theatre
Chapter 9.  Design on the Net.  Part One:  Technical Theatre, Costume, and Makeup. 
      The Professional Union for Technical 
           Theatre, Costume, and Makeup
      Technical Theatre
       Mega-sites and suppliers
       Organizations for costume
       General sites for costume
       Mega-sites for costume
       Bibliographies for costume
       Commercial sites and suppliers
       Sample individual costumer’s web pages
       Makeup resources
       Job and career advise for makeup artists
Chapter 10.  Theatre and Dance Arts Management
      Organizations for Arts Administration
      Resources for Arts Management
      Business and the arts
      An e-presence—Publicizing your
           organization on the net
      Financial Grants for Theatre and Dance
      Mega-directories of charitable 
          organizations and foundations
   Federal government programs
      State, regional, and metropolitan arts 
          commissions and agencies
      Examples of public foundations that 
          support the arts
      Job Listings for Arts Managers
Chapter 11.  An E-Shopping Spree—Theatre Book Stores, Play Publishers, Publications, Shakespeare on Line, Gift Shops 
      Text books
      Out-of-print books
      Shakespeare on the Net
      E-Shakespeare--The Bard's plays on line
      The Globe Theatre
      Who wrote those plays attributed to
      Scripts—Musical and Play
           Publishers/Leasing Agents
       Preliminary steps to presenting a play or 
           musical production
       Musical and play publishers/leasing 
       Gifts, Cards, Souveniers
       On-Line Magazines
Chapter 13.  And every thing else.
        Training institutes and workshops

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A Hands-on
Introduction to Theatre"


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