- Does every line do some work for you?
- Can it do more work?
- Does every line move forward?
- Are you telling too much?
- Are you telling us enough?
- Does the character need to say this or does your audience need to know it?
- Are you walking us through the thoughts or allowing us to join the dots, make leaps of intellection?
- Would a transition be better replaced by a pause or silence?
- Are you showing SIGNIFICANT ACTION?
- Is your inarticulate dialogue eloquent or simply inarticulate?
- Is your spare dialogue rich or empty?
- Is there a payoff?
- Does the payoff work?
- Do these words belong to this speaker?
- Do these words belong in this play?
- Has the play outgrown this idea, image, line, metaphor, scene?
- Do actors thrive, grow, struggle productively with this text or do they wilt under it?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Notes from "Cutting, Tweaking & Rehearsing" with Guillermo Verdecchia
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN RE-WRITING YOUR PLAY