How do playwrights think about play structure and meaning?
February 10, 2014 2:07 PM Subscribe
Yesterday I saw a community theater production of Sam Shepherd's Buried Child
. Later at home, I looked up some commentary/analysis on it. So many different meanings were attributed to various aspects of the play, such as the corn that Tilden kept bringing in from outside. It was tied to fertility, infertility, Sukkot, the Corn King, death, and on and on. At one point, Vince reentered the house from the screened-in porch by cutting the screen vertically top to bottom and stepping through. This was said to be a symbolic rebirth for his character.
posted by michellenoel to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As I was reading all of this commentary, I couldn't help but wonder if Shepherd intended all or or just some of these meanings. I am curious as to how focused playwrights are in creating the many layers and possibilities for meaning that analysts find.