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. [more inside]
Need recommendations for short stories or a book (with short self-contained sections) whereby a character's actions/motives could be considered in two very different ways depending on what you thought about the character going into the story (i.e., if I gave you some background first) The best example I can think of is of a man either being genuinely nice to a woman or only pretending to do so in order to get her number. This is for a psychology experiment. [more inside]
I'm a writer who has two one-act plays on in a theatre. I am also directing them but this will be my first time working as a director. What do you think makes a good director? What positive and negative experiences have you have and what could I do to make this go brilliantly? [more inside]
I'm looking for major theatrical plays, set no later than 1950, that feature a lamp, flashlight, or other luminous prop as important to the story. If possible, please summarize the prop's usage including where in the story the prop is used. Thanks in advance!
Looking for plays featuring particularly confident characters; any era will do. Specific recommendations/favourites would be great - tips on finding them myself also helpful. [more inside]
What plays from the last 50-odd years should I read? Satire, black comedy, or scathing political criticism a plus. Also plays challenging the bounds of normal theater. [more inside]
I'm looking for plays about precocious children. [more inside]
Sort of a two-part question, though answering the first part will help me answer the second. First, does anyone know of a (preferably online) way to search for plays by topic or subject matter? Searching for title keywords is sometimes useful but not ideal, and I haven't been able to make the search functions at the major playhouses' websites play nicely either. Second, in particular, I'm looking for plays about, referencing, or otherwise related to fire, smoke, etc. Any thoughts on either? [more inside]
Help me find free age appropriate plays/skits/acting exercises for my 6 year old. [more inside]
Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
I go to one of the few universities in the world that have no drama club, despite that it's a very large university. A few friends and I thought we'd put on a play and hopefully that would encourage others to get together and make a real drama club. We don't want to do a revue or anything like that. Of the four of us, only the female can sing and dance, so musicals are probably not a good idea.
Two of the males have done a lot of amateur work and the female has done professional work. Even if we're not all professionals, we are all very dedicated, so we're up to a challenging play.
So can anyone recommend a play for our small cast of three males and one female?
Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning
(Boudu sauvé des eaux
) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a list of all (or even many) of the plays that are currently in the public domain? One-acts, full-length, whatever...so long as they're free to produce.
I've written a play. What should I do with it? [more inside]
Looking for an agent for my playwrighting. [more inside]
Is there a good resource (online or not) to find out if a given theatrical production is running, anytime in the near future, anywhere in the country (USA/Canada)? [more inside]
I would like to see all 37 of Shakespears plays (unabridged), what is the easiest, cheapest, way to do this?
My theatre company is trying to pick our next play. We only produce "classics," but we have a broad definition of the term: basically, the play must be written prior to the 20th Century. [more inside]
I'm about to head off to London and I want to see some good, serious theatre. I'm VERY careful about what I see (theatre being expensive), and I like to read many reviews first. Instead of buying 30 newspapers and magazines, is there a site somewhere that collects or links to multiple reviews of each current show?
PS. I'm really looking for reviews, but if you want to recommend a specific show, please note that I prefer classics to modern plays. And I really like classics when they're done withOUT any obvious conceptual twist (i.e. I DON'T want to see "Hamlet" set on the moon.)
I'm doing an audition for a part in an amateur production of The Mikado. I have no stage experience at all. Any tips? [more inside]