The Book

Part One introduces the central principles of game work and the concept of encounter—finding the emotional experience at the heart of a set of given circumstances—and ends with a chapter on the role of story theatre as a bridge between games and play text.

Part Two takes you into the classroom with Joyce Piven through fully-detailed transcript of physical and vocal workshops on play, agreement, specificity, and transformation and story theatre, accompanied by explanations and tips for teaching. The book ends with an alphabetical appendix of games taught by Byrne and Joyce Piven based on their work with Paul Sills, Viola Spolin, Etienne Decroux, Uta Hagen and Mira Rostova.

Let Piven guide your story.