A detailed guide to the collaborative method developed by the acclaimed creators of The Laramie Project and Gross Indecencydestined to become a classic. A Vintage Original.
By Moisés Kaufman and Barbara Pitts McAdams with Leigh Fondakowski, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Kelli Simpkins, Jimmy Maize, and Scott Barrow. For more than two decades, the members of Tectonic Theater Project have been rigorously experimenting with the process of theatrical creation. Here they set forth a detailed manual of their devising method and a thorough chronicle of how they wrote some of their best-known works. This book is for all theater artists—actors, writers, designers, and directors—who wish to create work that embraces the unbridled potential of the stage.
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About the Author
MOISÉS KAUFMAN is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a theater company based in New York City. His 1997 play Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde was named one of the best plays of the year by Time, Newsday, the New York Post, The Advocate, and The New York Times. With Tectonic he has directed works by Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Benjamin Britten, and others, and created new works including The Laramie Project and 33 Variations. He is the recipient of the 1997 Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in the craft of stage direction. In 2016, President Obama awarded Kaufman a 2015 National Medal of Arts for "his powerful contributions to American theater."
BARBARA PITTS MCADAMS was an actor/dramaturg for The Laramie Project, performing at BAM, Alice Tully Hall, Union Square Theater, LaJolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, and Denver Center. She also appears in the HBO Films adaptation and shares an Emmy Nomination for the screenplay. Barb originally codified Moment Work for an internal teaching manual, and, as a Moment Work master teacher, leads trainings and devises new plays at colleges and high schools. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Drew University and CUNY’s Applied Theater MA program. She is a two-time Orchard Project and Sundance Theater Lab alum and a proud cast member of the award-winning web series Anyone But Me, about lesbian teens in the post-9/11 era.
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INTRODUCTION by Moisés Kaufman
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Tectonic's Antecedents, History, and Approach 7
Postmodernism and Deconstruction 9
The Most Prevalent Process of Playwriting 19
Defining Devised 20
Form and Content 21
Theatrical Narrative vs. Dramatic Narrative 22
The Role of the Theater Artist 23
Part 2 The Moment Work Process 25
Level 1 Making Moments 29
Prepping the Space 29
Introducing the Elements of the Stage 30
Introducing the Moment Work Construct: I begin/I end 37
Two-Person Moments 39
Group Moments 42
Concepts: Defining Moments and Moment Work 43
Architecture and Space Moments 44
Concepts: Tools for Critique 50
Prop Moments 54
Concepts: Discursive Power, Logging, and Sharing Moments 60
Costume Moments 63
Concepts: Discursive Line, Narrative Flexibility, and Layering 72
Light Moments 76
Concepts: Tension, Dynamic Change, and Scoring 88
Sound Moments 91
Text Moments 108
Adding Texts to Preexisting Moments 109
Some Additional Elements 120
Level 2 Constructing Short Narratives 125
Consecutive Sequencing 127
Moment Layering 128
Additional Structuring Took 134
Level 3 Creating a Piece 153
The Hunch 153
Source Material 154
Organizing Principles 157
Using Throughlines 158
The Plays 160
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde 160
The Laramie Project 176
I Am My Own Wife 212
33 Variations 218
One Arm 226
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later 235
Uncommon Sense 242
Part 3 Essays 249
What Do We Bring into the Room? Andy Paris 253
Interview Technique, Research, and Fieldwork: Muster Some Nerve and Embark Greg Pierotti 259
A Team of Dramaturgs Jimmy Maize 271
Writing into Form: Creating the People's Temple Leigh Fondakowski 275
Brecht and the Use of the Narrator in Tectonic Plays Moisés Kaufman 283
Devising a Moment Work Play with College Students Kelli Simpkins 287
Company Members' Biographies 297