Adapturgy: The Dramaturg's Art and Theatrical Adaptation

Adapturgy: The Dramaturg's Art and Theatrical Adaptation

by Jane Barnette

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Dramaturg Jane Barnette has put together an essential guide for theatre scholars and practitioners seeking to understand and participate in the process of adaptation for the stage. Employing the term “adapturgy”—her neologism for the art of adaptation dramaturgy—Barnette redefines the dramaturg’s role and thoroughly refutes the commonplace point of view that adapted works are somehow less creative than “original” plays.
The dual nature of dramaturgy and adaptation as both process and product is reflected in the structure and organization of the book. Part 1 explores the ways that linking adaptation to dramaturgy advances our understanding of both practices. Part 2 demonstrates three different methods—each grounded in a detailed case study—for analyzing theatrical adaptations. Part 3 offers concrete strategies for the dramaturg: dramaturgy for the adapted script; the production dramaturgy of stage adaptations; and the role of the dramaturg in the postmortem for a production. Rounding out the book are two appendixes containing interviews with adapters and theatre-makers and representative program notes from different play adaptations.
Plays adapted from literature and other media represent a rapidly growing part of the theatre. This book offers both practical and theoretical tools for understanding and creating these new works. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809336272
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: Theater in the Americas
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jane Barnette is an assistant professor and the director of graduate studies in the theatre department at the University of Kansas. She serves as regional vice president for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and conference planner for the Theory and Criticism Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She has published essays in the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance and Text and Performance Quarterly and in the edited collection The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Part 1 Defining Practice

1 Adaptation for the Stage: A Dramaturgical Intervention 9

2 The Rise of American Dramaturgy 25

3 The Power of Adapturgy 36

Part 2 Theorizing Practice

4 Palimpsestuous Pleasures 53

5 How to Do Things with Birds 71

6 Geographies of Adaptation 89

Part 3 Practicing Theory

7 Working with the Script (The Spirit of the Source) 107

8 Working with the Production 123

9 Postmortem Adapturgy 139


1 Interviews 153

2 Program Notes 197

Notes 209

Bibliography 229

Index 241

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