Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Which Comes First?

Which comes first story or idea/theme?
Hatcher says it doesn't matter. You may start with an interesting story and eventually work out the theme. Or you may "intellectualize the idea, then articulate that idea in dramatic actions" (Hatcher, 1996, p.41). author's emphasis
"Maybe some great playwrights start with the great thematic idea, but the truth is that good dramatists have a nose for an exciting story that has the potential for exciting ideas" (Hatcher, 1996, p.41).

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