Playwriting Exercise: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Playwriting

It’s not uncommon for writers to observe people in everyday life and get ideas for characters and even entire plays. This playwriting exercise offers 30 pictures of 30 different people. The assignment is to create a play creating and using characters based on some of the people captured on these pages.

The Rules of the Exercise

  1. Create 2 to 4 characters with each character being inspired by one of the photos below.
  2. Write a 100-word character description of each that tells us their name, age, background, occupation, etc.
  3. Create a short play using these characters.
  4. The play should have a beginning, middle and end.
  5. Give the play a title
  6. Along with the elements described above include the pictures you chose.

Use the link for a PDF of the exercise, including pictures. A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

  • This Author:

    Paul Mroczka

    Paul Mroczka has served Theatre By the Sea as associate director and playwright-in-residence. He has directed for companies including North Country Center for the Arts, Pontine Movement Theatre, The Theatre of Newburyport and the Palace Theatre. A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow in playwriting, he has also garnered a Shubert Fellowship, the Jason Miller Award and has received grants from the New Hampshire Council for the Humanities. His plays have been performed at New York’s La MaMa La Galleria, Nat Horne Theatre, and Manhattan Punchline Theatre, among others. His interactive planetarium show, Pathfinders, is running at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium in Concord, NH. Recent directorial assignments include Good People, Steel Magnolias, and The Complete World of Sports (Abridged) at The Barnstormers Playhouse in New Hampshire, and Rumors, Orpheus in the Underworld, and The Glass Menagerie at PSU. This summer Paul finished an initial draft of his new play, Smart Money ... Read Full
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