Book review: “Playwriting for Dummies”

Reviewed by Brittany Schaubhut

Playwriting for Dummies by Angelo Parra is a guide for aspiring playwrights to discover how to begin the playwriting process.

Since the dawn of civilization, drama has been one of man’s most favored pastimes. Theatre is a vastly influential element of all cultures, especially today when entertainment is a most abundant resource. Traced back to the root sources of today’s popular films and television programs, modern storytelling mediums began with an actor upon a stage.

Covering all subjects, Playwriting for Dummies is a resource for those who dream of seeing their own stories brought to life on stage. The author, Angelo Parra is the award-winning playwright of many shows, including “Casino,” “A Waltz without Turns,” and “The Slope.” Throughout this book, he references many of his shows, even incorporating parts of his own scripts to serve as examples. Parra uses allusions to various famous works, including those of William Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, and Tennessee Williams.

Playwriting for Dummies is exceptionally well-written, and as I have attained new scripting knowledge, I have, just as much, attained a new appreciation for the art form.

Brittany Schaubhut is a senior in Hahnville High School’s Gifted English program. She participates in the HHS Talented Theatre Program and Women’s and Mixed Vocal Ensembles.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly during the summer in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program

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