Adapting Stories for the Stage

Presented by Michael Weller –

Held in-person at the studio (please review in-person requirements): 

This class is built on the idea that all plays are adaptations; story comes first. Bring one or two pieces of material you’d like to adapt, along with a description of their dramatic action in one sentence, then an expanded description in one paragraph. Your base material should exist in completed form – it might be a published (or unpublished) story or novel, a song or poem with a strong narrative, even a painting that suggests dramatic action. We’ll break it down into potential constituent episodes, explore ways to organize them into a sequence that gathers momentum and interest, and finally you’ll have a working blueprint to use as you write your adaptation from the initial “lights up” to the final “blackout.”

FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS:

  • Bring at least one finished full-length play as a sample of your work
  • Bring one or two pieces of material you’d like to adapt, along with:
    • a description of their dramatic action in one sentence
    • an expanded description in one paragraph

Current and Upcoming