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August Strindberg’s Notes for an Effective Play

February 21, 2014

–translated from Samlade otryckta skrifter (Stockholm 1919)–

“An effective play should contain or make use of:
–hints and intimations
–a secret made known to the audience either at the beginning or toward the end. If the spectator but not the actors know the secret, the spectator enjoys their game of blindman’s bluff. If the spectator is not in on the secret, his curiosity is aroused and his attention held.
–a discovery
–a punishment (nemisis), a humiliation
–a careful resolution, either with or without a reconciliation
–a quid pro quo
–a parallelism
–a reversal (revirement), an upset, a well-prepared surprise”

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  1. February 21, 2014 10:43 am

    Interesting. R U using all of the suggestions, some?

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