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About the Playwright

Steven Dietz – teaches at University of Texas. He is a playwright and director. He has had 30 plus plays seen at over 100 regional theaters, as well as on Off-Broadway, in the United States since 1983. He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Playwrights for Fiction and Still Life with Iris. 


Play Categories

The following are the different types of plays Steven Dietz is known to write:

  • Comedy
    • A play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion.
  • Drama
    • A play, movie, television show, or radio show that is about a serious subject and is not meant to make the audience laugh
  • Dramatic Comedy
    • A serious issue
  • Dark Comedy
    • A play, movie, etc., having elements of comedy and tragedy, often involving gloomy or morbid satire.
  • Satire/Political Satire
    • Use of humor to expose or criticize
  • Melodrama
    • Situation where people over express emotions
  • Pantomime
    • Play expressed by gestures with music

Style - Art Styles Explained: From Realism to Abstract

The following are the different styles to think about using for ideas for the show:

  • Photorealism: art styles where the illusion of reality is created through paint so the result looks more like a large, sharply focused photo than anything else.
  • Realism: The artist uses perspective to create an illusion of reality, setting the composition and lighting to make the most of the subject.
  • Painterly: It doesn't try to hide what was used to create the painting by smoothing out any texture or marks left in the paint by a brush
  • Impressionism: rough painting style, is now loved as being the impact of light on nature filtered through an artistic eye to show the rest of us just what can be seen if you know how to look properly.
  • Expressionism/Fauvism: characterized by the artist not feeling compelled to use realistic colors or using perspective techniques to recreate an illusion of reality. Rather colors are selected to fit the emotion felt or to create emotional impact.
  • Abstraction: Abstraction is about painting the essence of a subject rather than the detail, but still retaining an echo of whatever it is that prompted the idea (unlike a pure abstract). You might reduce the subject to the dominant colors, shapes, or patterns.
  • Abstract: The subject or point of the painting is the colors used, the textures in the artwork, the materials used to create it.

I believe that this play has a more abstraction feel.

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