Page to Stage

The Craft of Adaptation

Subjects: Theater and Performance, Writing
Paperback : 9780472051878, 204 pages, 12 B&W photographs, 6 x 9, January 2013
Hardcover : 9780472071876, 204 pages, 12 B&W photographs, 6 x 9, January 2013
Ebook : 9780472028795, 192 pages, 12 B&W photos, January 2013
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A step-by-step guide for adapting literary works to the 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.

Vincent Murphy is an acclaimed director who has adapted and directed professional world premieres of more than twenty new works, including Wole Soyinka's The Man Died, Anne Sexton's Transformations, and John Barth's "Petition." He is Professor of Theater Studies and Resident Artist in playwriting, acting, directing, and dramaturgy at Emory University.