Playwriting Exercise: The Title

Titles can make or break a play. They can pull someone in or turn them away. Many of our plays have catchy titles simply because we have many unknown plays and unknown authors. The title acts as a doorway – it grabs someone enough to read a description and open up the script. Good titles are key.

So, here are five titles from a collection of plays from the 1920’s. Solely based on the titles (no cheating don’t look them up) write a paragraph description on what you think each play is about. Then click here for the actual description from the back of the book. Were you close? Does the actual description give you enough information about the play?

  • The Moon of the Caribbees
  • What Price Glory?
  • They Knew What They Wanted.
  • Street Scene
  • Holiday

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Lindsay Price