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Role-Playing for Social Values

reviewed by Jean Dresden Grambs - 1968

coverTitle: Role-Playing for Social Values
Author(s): Fannie R. Shaftel, George Shaftel
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Before societies were literate, there was drama. Through the medium of the enactment a successful hunter could show the full triumph of his ordeal far better than through descriptive discourse. The drama has enthralled all literate societies as well: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Checkov, Ibsen, O'Neill, Miller, Albee. But other than the jesters or the mimers of an earlier day, or the Bob Hopes of today, the drama that traditionally holds the center of the stage (or the TV screen) is drama translated from the written word via an actor's interpretation. He may change a nuance, add a new gesture, even ad lib a phrase or two, but essentially the actor is only playing out someone else's story. What the Shaftels have given us is a procedure which permits each person to become his own playwright and his own actor, his own dramatist and interpreter, all at once. The idea of role-playing (or sociodrama... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 1, 1968, p. 89-92
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1939, Date Accessed: 5/14/2021 9:47:03 AM

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