Setting: Time and Place
- Give your characters names, but not yours.
- Give your characters a background. Describe them physically. Give them a personality. What are their dreams in life? What are their values? Who are their parents? Do they have siblings? Describe their relationship with their family. etc--the idea here is create characters that are realistic.
- Define their relationships among each other.
- Decide who is the antagonist and who is the protagonist
- What does the protagonist want?
- How does this want create a problem for the antagonist?
- The Passover question: why is this night different from any other night? Why is this problem happening now?
- What are the stakes? What would happen if the problem is not resolved? Higher stakes are more compelling: life and death issues, the breakdown of a marriage.
- How is it resolved?
- Is there a change in the character’s beliefs or attitude at the end of the play?
- What happens in the scene that brings about its change?
- Does this scene have a beginning, middle, and an end?
- Does it have an inciting incident? Rising action? Climax? Falling action? Resolution?