Plays often start with a conviction, a belief, or some issue that a playwright wants to expose, examine, or discuss.
In the plays we have read, such themes as suicide, HIV, aging or dying, racism, self-deprecation, aging, sexual assault, feminism, etc. have been used.
In your own play, jot down on a piece of paper, an index card, or on your title page the conviction, belief, or issue your play deals with. This is your premise. What did you write a play about? Tell me in 1-2 sentences.
Please complete your play draft this morning during period 1. Print out your play script and attach your premise to your script. Hand in for credit.
If you finish your play script before the end of period 1, please examine/read the material/linked articles below:
Please take a look at Charles Busch's blog. He has placed a variety of play video clips here. Take a look at a few of these. His official website is located here.
Please watch a few video clips, read an interview or two with the author, and learn a little about his background.
HOMEWORK: PLEASE READ (on index card, write a one-sentence summary of each article and 1 important fact or detail you think is essential or interesting):
- An article about cross-dressing and theatre
- Since theatre began, cross-dressing has been a common occurrence on the stage. As far back as ancient Greek theatre, male actors acted both male and female roles on stage. Later in pantomime, commedia dell'arte, and medieval theatre the tradition continued. Of course, Shakespeare and his contemporaries also used cross-dressing in Elizabethan theatre. Many of Shakespeare's funniest comedies use the trope of cross-dressing, for example: Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and even the Merchant of Venice.
- Read the handout articles: cross-dressing and theatre, pantomime, and commedia dell'arte. Write a 1-sentence summary of each article and include 1 important fact or detail you think is essential or interesting for each article. This assignment is due Nov. 2 (Wednesday).
- Finally, choose 1 other play in the collection: Psycho Beach Party, Red Scare on Sunset, The Woman in Question, or The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and read it. You will be asked to review the play. This homework assignment is due Tuesday, Nov. 8.