Dilemmas and conflicts in Playback Theater – the fuel of the drama


by Assael Romanelli

A conflict is considered the core of Drama. It is what we want to see onstage. In Playback Theater (PT) there are special forms that specialize in staging dilemmas and conflicts in a clear way. This article offers some terms, models and forms that can aid the PT ensemble in enacting different kinds of internal and inter-personal conflicts. The article begins with clarification of terms relating to dilemmas and conflicts, together with understanding from the Neuro Linguistic Programming  (NLP) field. The article will focus on revisions of some existing PT forms as well as new short and medium forms. An examination of enacting antagonism and conflicts in Scenes will be described in a future article….

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Dilemmas and conflicts in PT