Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ridiculous Play Project Draft Due; Driving Miss Daisy


Turn in your homework. See the previous posts for details.
Pick up the play Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry from the library at the end of class today.

Period 2:

The Mystery of Irma Vep (conclusion and analysis/discussion).

3 Person Plays. Having spent time reading and working with monodramas and 2-person plays, let's complicate matters by adding a third actor.

The Dramatic Triangle

When you put 2 characters on stage, you create a relationship that shows how they fit or don't fit together. This is a pretty linear conflict. 1 character against another, for instance. Usually, both characters change in a scene or play which, in turn, changes the other character in a positive or negative way. I.E., if a character wins his/her objective, this will affect or change the other character. Usually if one character wins an objective, the other loses his/her objective.

Adding a third actor or character adds a dynamic element to a scene or play.
  • The third actor/character is often directly related to at least one (or both) of the other two characters. 
  • The role of the third character can change from scene to scene. It does not have to be the literal same character. 
  • The third character can develop a plot, enhance characterization, or add new conflict or resolve a conflict.
  • Plays that use more than two actors can complicate or develop a plot very quickly.
  • Characters might serve as foils, antagonists, or protagonists at any given time in a scene or beat.
As we read Driving Miss Daisy, examine the 3rd character: in this case Boolie. What role or purpose does he serve in the play? Does he enhance the characterization of Daisy or Hoke? Does he help develop and move the plot forward? Does he add new conflict or resolve conflict between the other two characters?

HOMEWORK: Read the short 10-minute play: "The Tarantino Variation." Notice how the playwright uses the 3 characters to develop the plot, enhance characterization, add or resolve the plot. If you are a Tarantino fan, note how the playwright (like Charles Ludlum's Mystery of Irma Vep uses film and film references as a basis for its parody.)

Complete your 2-person play(s) if you didn't complete them in the lab. Turn them in late on Tuesday. If you missed Suzan-Lori Parks' interview or any video from class, catch up and watch!

Bring your Driving Miss Daisy scripts back with you to class. 

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