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Joey Stocks: I’ve noticed writers can get cagey when asked to talk about dramatic structure. I’m not sure if it’s the way I’m asking, or if the topic makes them uncomfortable, so I thank y’all for being here.

Most often, the response I’ve heard is, “I don’t have anything to say about structure,” which may be true. I’ve also been told, “I don’t know anything about structure,” which I hope isn’t true. Recently, a writer said to me, “Structure? Beginning, middle, end. What else is there to say?”

So, now I put that question to you. What else is there to say?

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Eleanor Burgess

s work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and more, and developed at New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, Page 73, and Primary Stages. She studied history at Yale College and Dramatic Writing at NYU.

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David Henry Hwang
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MJ Kaufman
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