In the King's Rose Garden
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This is not a play. This is a manuscript. Its destination is unknown; its outcome uncertain. Plays are finished through performance. Some plays such as 'Hamlet' are finished a thousand times a year all over the world, others never get off the living room shelf. Only the breath of the actor, the setting of the designer, and the interpretation of the director, bring forth the dormant seeds of action that lie on the written page. Drama is action. All dramatic action flows through characterization. This has been my main pursuit during the past ten weeks. A young playwright as myself must grasp the underlying currents of drama if true form is to spring forth. Above all else, I have strived for structure and substance, the two areas the playwright creates alone. This manuscript is the product of one mind, unlike other literary forms it is not completed until it becomes a collaboration. If the playwright is God, creator of the theater, his power is in creation, not in performance. He creates the world; the performing artists define it. Scripts are the sheet music of dramatic art.