Monday, November 26, 2018

Play Project: Day 4; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Act 1

Please submit your Hamilton analysis to our Google classroom.

Period 1: (until 8:00)

Don't forget the importance of your PREMISE & your Major Dramatic Question: what question are you asking about life, love, nature, death, etc. that your characters thoughts, actions, or speech (characterization) are examining through the play?

Choose 1 (or both) of the following articles and read it. Consider how you might apply this advice to your writing project.
and everyone should read this article because its relevant to what you're doing:
Use the time in class to work on your play projects. See previous posts for details. Your play drafts will be due either Thursday, Nov. 29 or Monday, Dec. 3.

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--(he won an Oscar for the film too!)

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. Work on your play projects (due Thursday or Monday, Dec. 3). 

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