Developing characters and dialogue for a play
How does a play differ from a film? Text! Films mostly tell their story using visuals, while a stage play tells it’s story with dialogue. How is that dialogue created? Is it simply two people talking? Compelling characters present their ideas, their needs and their subtext though dialogue that must be engaging and convey the author’s message. A tough balancing act of idea vs. emotion. In this seminar we will explore the process of constructing text that brings a character to life.
Shelly Lipkin is an actor, director, playwright. He was Co-Artistic Director of Cygnet Productions from 2000 to 2003 where he co-authored, produced and starred in Vitriol & Violets – Tales From The Algonquin Round Table which won the 2004 Oregon Book Award for Drama. His second play, Sylver Beaches, was also nominated for an Oregon Book Award. Shelly teaches acting, directing & play/screenwriting at The Art Institute of Portland, Clark College, Northwest Children’s Theatre and Lakewood Theatre. He is a member of Portland Center Stages playwright’s workshop PlayGroup.
Cost is five dollars at the door.
Writer’s Digest Books has been kind enough to provide door prizes for the event, which attracts writers and readers across the genres. Everyone who attends will be entered to win two out of three of the following:
FREE – Subscription to Writer’s Digest Magazine for one year
FREE – Subscription to Writersmarket.com for one year
$25 – Value to purchase Writer’s Digest Books!
The next Northwest Author Series features award-winning poet Sage Cohen on April 21 at the Wilsonville Library from 3-5 p.m.