This ten-minute satire opens as the young, enthusiastic Playwright meets with the Director of the local community theater.  His new play has been selected for production, and the Director has asked to meet with him before rehearsal to discuss dramaturgical issues.


However, the Playwright objects to the Director’s plans to tone down the script to suit her older, more conservative audience.  The two theater artists cannot resolve their disagreement, and the Playwright threatens to rescind his permission for the Director to produce the play.  Not to be outdone by a mere playwright, however, the Director resorts to murder to ensure that her dramaturgical suggestions are respected.




Play Structure:

1 Act: 10-minute play

Cast size:




1 female, 1 male


The present


The stage and rehearsal of a small community theater.


An empty stage with sparse utilitarian furniture, such as folding chairs.


Working gun.






Production History


Dramaturgy received its premiere production by Love Creek Productions at the Harold Clurman Theatre in New York City on December 14-15, 1996, in its 1996 Fall One-Act Festival.  The play was directed by Audrey Mar, with the following cast:




Michele Mar


Jonathan Sobel