Monday, November 13, 2017

Marking Period 2; Revision Exercise; Tips on Time Management; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Had trouble this marking period keeping up with the work? Read the article advice about time management for playwrights.

This morning, feel free to view the scenes from The Baltimore Waltz. How might the performance be different from your imagination?

Next, bring your attention to the revision exercise. Choose one of your plays from MP1 (the monologue play, the 2 person play, or the 3 person play) and revise the draft by answering the questions on the handout. Turn in your analysis of your chosen play script by Thursday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 (our lab will be shortened that day).

Classroom: At 8:00, pick up Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf from the library today and let's get started reading it.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, we will begin reading and screening the film (1966) starring Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sandy Dennis, and George Segal, during the next few classes. All four actors received Academy Award Nominations for their excellent acting. Both Taylor and Dennis actually won them.

The film director Mike Nichols is one of the American New Wave directors. Haskel Wexler was the cinematographer.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) was one of the films that challenged the restricted film code by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Originally, no one under 18 could legally buy a ticket to see the film unless they were accompanied by an adult. The film was also banned and shocked audiences with its content and lewd language. Tame perhaps by today's standards, the film is one of the reasons why films today can be edgy. It was shot entirely in black & white--one of the most expensive black and white films to be made at the time.

Film is not stage. As you read the play and watch the film, notice subtle differences between the play and movie.

HOMEWORK: Read the rest of Act 1 for Thursday. Complete the revision questions for your chosen play script (due Thursday at 8:00). The Coffeehouse for Nov. is Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 in the Ensemble Theater. Feel free to join us!

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