Playwriting vs. Screenwriting

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Writing for stage and film presents some unique challenges. Two men who’ve done both, David Rabe and Kenneth Lonergan, join us to talk about their experience writing for the different mediums and adapting their work from one format to another. Lonergan’s screen writing credits include: "You Can Count on Me" and "Gangs of New York." His plays include "Lobby Hero," "The Waverly Gallery," and "This is Our Youth." Rabe's has written "Hurlyburly," "Sticks and Bones" and "In the Boom Boom Room" for the stage. His screenplays include "The Firm" and "Casualties of War."


Kenneth Lonergan and David Rabe

Comments [3]

Andrew Dark from Gibraltar

I have found that too many plays sent to me as a director/producer of theatre are not plays but screenplays seeking an audience. Writers do not often understand the medium in which they are working. Theatre is firstly about the dialogue and most folks cannot write well enough to make it work. Shanley is a great example of someone who can do this.

Mar. 05 2009 12:22 PM
anonyme from NY NY

One great talk talk was My Dinner with Andre!

Mar. 05 2009 12:18 PM
anonyme from NY NY

re; Shakespeare - do you ever to go Stratford near London Ont. for traditional Shakespeare productions? Would Will go for those?

Mar. 05 2009 12:17 PM

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