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A More Perfect Ten


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Acknowledgements, p. vi Introduction, p. vii Chapter One: Bones for the Pickin', p. 2 Chapter Two: Work Those Ruby Slippers, Dorothy, p. 10 Chapter Three: My Ten-Minute Play Sucks. What The F?, p. 26 Chapter Four: Serious Murder on Your Mind: Problems in Production and the People Who Cause Them, p. 34 Chapter Five: To Avoid Humiliation on Ice, p. 46 Chapter Six: Drying Out Your Mouth, p. 66 Chapter Seven: Shut Up and Show Me, p. 95 Chapter Eight: T-Minus Ten and Counting, p. 157 Chapter Nine: Ten Last Thoughts, p. 164 Appendix: Sample Play Formats, p. 166

About the Author

Gary Garrison is a playwright and author, as well as the Executive Director for Creative Affairs of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Artistic Director and Division Head of Playwriting for the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of Arts. He is also the former National Chair of Playwrighting for the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival, as well as the Artistic Director for the First Look Theatre Company and the recently formed Playwrights PlayGround.


"Gary Garrison's plays are simply the best short plays around. We beg him every year to put something in our Boston Theater Marathon, and every year he outdoes himself with plays that speak to our foibles, our complexities, and always, always our humanity. It's no wonder he has written a how-to book about it-he's the master!" - Kate Snodgrass, Artistic Director, Boston Theater Marathon/Boston Playwrights' Theatre "It is not often that you can find an expert who is able to share their knowledge and guide others as openly and tirelessly as Gary Garrison does during the Southeastern Theatre Conference's annual convention. As the respondent for the Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, he not only teaches through the production critiques, he can often be found working with a production group long after the formal theatre response. Bravo Gary Garrison!" - Betsey Baun, Executive Director, Southeastern Theatre Conference

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