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The best-selling script analysis book for thirty-five years

Considered an essential text since its publication thirty-five years ago, this guide for students and practitioners of both theater and literature complements, rather than contradicts or repeats, traditional methods of literary analysis of scripts.

Ball developed his method during his work as literary director at the Guthrie Theater, building his guide on the crafts playwrights of every period and style use to make their plays stageworthy. The text is full of tools for students and practitioners to use as they investigate plot, character, theme, exposition, imagery, conflict, theatricality, and the other crucial parts of the superstructure of a play. Also included are guides for discovering what the playwright considers a play’ s most important elements, thus permitting interpretation based on the foundation of the play rather than its details.

Using Shakespeare’s Hamlet as illustration, Ball assures a familiar base for clarifying script-reading techniques as well as exemplifying the kinds of misinterpretation readers can fall prey to by ignoring the craft of the playwright. Of immense utility to those who want to put plays on the stage (actors, directors, designers, production specialists) Backwards & Forwards is also a fine playwriting manual because the structures it describes are the primary tools of the playwright.
 

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“In fewer than one hundred pages, this marvelously instructive book shows how to unlock the secrets of plot, character, theme, exposition, imagery, motivation, conflict, theatricality and pacing. . . . Our editor says he learned more about dramatic structure in the few hours he spent with this ninety-six-page book than he has in his twenty years of theater experience.”—Stage Directions

“Ball wrote [Backwards and Forwards] to help people who put on plays understand how a play works. . . . He argues that scripts represent a special kind of writing—because it is writing meant to be staged, not read— and thus requires special reading techniques; these techniques are what he offers.”—Dramatics

“David Ball’s Backwards and Forwards is without a doubt the most practical, useful, and inspiring book I''ve used in my graduate playwriting classes. Its value extends beyond playwrights to directors, actors, and anyone interested in how plays are constructed, analyzed, and appreciated. It’s the bible for all theater practitioners.”—Stephen DiMenna, faculty at New York University

“This book is invaluable for teaching writers how to read a play and hence how to craft their own. So many craft books try to redefine the language around writing. Ball keeps it simple and true, which is why it is a classic in theater pedagogy. I can’t teach without it.”—Darrah Cloud, Goddard College

“David Ball’s Backwards and Forwards is the standard for anyone trying to understand the nature of dramatic action. No book has more succinctly and pragmatically described how plays actually work than this one, and the worth of this book is proven by its ubiquity on the shelves of playwrights, dramaturgs, and teachers of dramatic literature all over the English-speaking world.”—Michael M. Chemers, author of Ghost Light: An Introductory Handbook for Dramaturgy

“Backwards and Forwards is the foundation text for my undergraduate script analysis class. Concise, easy to navigate, and thought-provoking, Ball''s work provides a common language and methodology with which theatre artists can navigate dramatic text. Accessible to those both new to and familiar with script analysis, Ball''s text paves the way for rich discussion and meaning making in the classroom and on stage.”—Elizabeth Horn, assistant professor of theatre, University of Central Florida
 
 “David Ball''s brilliantly conceived and written book is a valuable asset in all of my scripting classes. Though aimed at playwriting, Backwards and Forwards is of particular use in my screenwriting classes, where we use his concepts to understand why there are so many flimsy plotlines in modern films. Ball''s book . . . is an essential text for classes and professional writers.”—Michael Wright, University of Tulsa

Backwards and Forwards is an essential part of my acting class. I have found no better book to lay the groundwork for the principles we will be working on over our four-year training program. One of the strengths of the book is its ability to get students from such diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to work together and get on the same page.”—Richie Call, Utah State University

 “Indispensable in my directing classes, this slender little volume contains an elusive mix of uncommon clarity, bracing provocation, and immediate usefulness. Never one to linger on his own cleverness, Ball makes an immediate case for action and propulsion in both script analysis and theatrical production. Directors must learn to read plays before they can direct plays, and Ball’s book gives them the tools they need to read plays carefully and purposefully.”—Matthew Reeder, Ball State University

 “David Ball''s little tome may have been written for directors of theater, but I find its practical and straightforward manner in explaining how to read a script essential for writers. I require this book for my screenwriters, television writers, and playwrights. It is a core part of my library.”—Sean Gaffney, director of the MFA in script and screenwriting, Regent University

Backwards and Forwards: succinct, clear, incisive. As long as stories are valued, this book will stay young. I just keep going back to it. Students love it. And so do their teachers.”—David Feldshuh, Cornell University
 
Backwards and Forwards is a brilliant, unique, and influential book. I have used it for many years in my work as a professional actor and director, as well as in the classroom when teaching directing and play analysis.”—Harold Dixon, distinguished professor emeritus, School of Theatre Arts, University of Arizona
 
“It''s extremely rare that you will read a book and it changes your perspective on not only what you do creatively but also how you do what you do. David Ball''s Backwards and Forwards is that book for me. It gave me a practical way to inject new life into techniques that I''d been using for years which allowed me to become a much better writer, acting coach, and college professor.”—Kenneth Cosby, former writing professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and New York University

“I first encountered Backwards and Forwards as an undergraduate and now, as a college professor, teach it to my own students. The book’s deceptively simple, straightforward approach to play analysis not only is timeless but also continues to provide me with fresh insights as both a scholar and a practitioner.”—Inga Meier, Stephen F. Austin University
 
“In less than one hundred pages Backwards and Forwards has taught me more about theatre than any other book. It makes me a better artist and a better teacher.”—Matt Fotis, Albright College

“For such a little book, Backwards and Forwards packs a wallop. For decades, Ball’s thoroughly enjoyable read has been my secret weapon for every class that I taught in theatre arts. I have used it faithfully as the key reference text guiding student actors through in-depth analyses of the classics of world theatre. . . . For the first-time reader, it can be devoured in one sitting. For the most experienced actor, director, or scenographer it is a text best kept on the shelf as a well-worn reference. Breezy, engrossing, and succinct, Backwards and Forwards is the key to unlocking the universe of the theatrical canon of world plays.”—Theresa Larkin, California State University, Los Angeles
 

About the Author

David Ball wrote Backwards and Forwards when he was  Professor of playwriting, acting, theater history, and literature at Carnegie-Mellon University. He had earlier been on the senior directing and literary staffs at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and more recently was Head of Drama at Duke University during that department''s "Golden Years." His students have gone on to win  Emmies, Oscars, Obies, and Tony awards in every area of theater, TV, and film.   Backwards and Forwards has been the field''s standard text for a quarter century, making Dr. Ball one of the most influential and respected of theater and film theorists, educators, and trainers of his generation. His own professional directing, producing, and writing credits encompass Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, and film; and his landmark adaptation of Moliere''s The Miser was staged in major regional theaters from coast to coast as one of Theatre de la Jeune Lune''s Tony-award-winning productions.

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Scarlet Pimpernel
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A "Must-Read"!
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2021
David Ball''s Backwards & Forwards is the single most important book you need to understand any dramatic work. While it is a ''must-read'' for any student of theater and is widely taught, it really has immense value for anyone who enjoys any dramatic narrative and even... See more
David Ball''s Backwards & Forwards is the single most important book you need to understand any dramatic work.
While it is a ''must-read'' for any student of theater and is widely taught, it really has immense value for anyone who enjoys any dramatic narrative and even has value for writers or readers of any sort. Like David himself with whom I had the great pleasure of studying, the text is straightforward and clever. He pads nothing, gets right to the point and boy, does he hit the mark.
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like a single (or multiple) chain(s) of dominos
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018
Thank GOD for this book! As an actor and avid reader, this manual is quick and to the point of how to see a play for what it is = a series of connected actions (two connected events), like a single (or multiple) chain(s) of dominos.
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GO ON, WRITE A PLAY! YOU CAN DO IT!
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2018
For me, a certified dilettante, writing a play is still the holy grail. But sitting quietly in a corner and reading a book lke this can go a long way to giving readers an armamentarium of stagecraft techniques. Go for itz1
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A Leg Up for Stage Directors
Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2015
An excellent and easy-to-understand approach to analyzing a script pre-production. Ball''s ideas are elegant simplicity itself and will leave the beginning director in a great place to compete with the experienced!
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Jp Christy
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An eye-opener for writers, readers, and play- & movie-goers
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 1998
A friend who teachs drama and directing at a local college recommended this book to me after he''d read a script I''d written. Not only is it a fast and interesting read, it offers simple and sometimes brilliant techniques for understanding and evaluating plays, movies, and... See more
A friend who teachs drama and directing at a local college recommended this book to me after he''d read a script I''d written. Not only is it a fast and interesting read, it offers simple and sometimes brilliant techniques for understanding and evaluating plays, movies, and even books. Even if you never plan to act or write, this well-written little book will enhance your appreciation of good story-telling. And if you ever had to endure discussions of "Hamlet" in high-school or college, you''ll likely be surprised by Ball''s unique take on the character as an example of dramatic writing.
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Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2012
This book does a very good job of breaking everything in a play down. From the heaps of body''s at the end to the not so depressed Hamlet at the beginning. This book gives you the skills needed to break down and understand a script for the stage. It is also probably... See more
This book does a very good job of breaking everything in a play down. From the heaps of body''s at the end to the not so depressed Hamlet at the beginning. This book gives you the skills needed to break down and understand a script for the stage.
It is also probably worth mentioning, the author writes in a very plain spoken humorous way that makes reading it more enjoyable. I wish all of my classroom texts were written like this.
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Tracy Jones
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2017
Great book. I now read scripts differently.
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Very Useful.
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
Very useful for all theatre folk. There is a certain level of training/experience expected, so students should be guided through the process.
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For screenwriters too...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2007
As someone who''s done a masters in screenwriting and now in the middle of a PhD, I''ve read many of the screenwriting manuals out there and this is one of the best. It''s a quick but pithy read. Much of what is recommended in this book (in 1983) is simply repeated by many...See more
As someone who''s done a masters in screenwriting and now in the middle of a PhD, I''ve read many of the screenwriting manuals out there and this is one of the best. It''s a quick but pithy read. Much of what is recommended in this book (in 1983) is simply repeated by many others over the following two decades, but they do it less succinctly. Although targeted at playwrights, most of the content is equally applicable to screenwriting. The basic premise of the book, to work backwards rather than forwards through your script when rethinking/rewriting it, seems simple but is very powerful advice. No apprentice screenwriter sholud be without this in their library.
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2nd BEST WRITING BOOK
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2021
This is the second best book for playwrights (in conjunction with the latest Jeffries book)!
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Indispensable aspects of dramatic structure.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2017
A clear, useful reminder of what is indispensable in the structure of scenes and acts in a play.
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Well worth it.
Reviewed in Canada on August 5, 2018
You will never see or read a play again without thinking about Backwards and Forwards.
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great book
Reviewed in Germany on October 27, 2019
anyone into theatre should read this!
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