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Craft Book Spotlight: Shorts and Briefs

This cheeky book for scriptwriters boasts praise from famed playwright Christopher Durang.

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Any playwrights here in the audience? This week’s spotlight is for you.

Gregory Fletcher’s textbook Shorts and Briefs: A Collection of Short Plays and Brief Principles of Playwriting aims to provide both examples and instructions for playwrights.

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The “shorts” are a collection of nine short plays by Fletcher featuring roles for all ages, while the “briefs” component has concise explorations of playwriting principles.

“Greg’s book makes an interesting case about how the short play can be a valuable tool to learn how to write plays in general—10 minute plays, 90 minute plays, plays that last for days. And he includes several effective short plays, which certainly enhance his premise,” writes noted playwright Christopher Durang (Beyond Therapy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike).

“Fletcher’s Shorts are filled with nice surprises and stamina. His Briefs are filled with insight and clarity. The bar is raised high in this enviable package.” echoes Charles Busch (Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommie Die!). 

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