Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Recap of Google Group posts made

In response to Vanessa's questions posted:

--There is no intermission because I think an intermission would break up the flow of the show. But I could be wrong...if anyone has any strong opinions about a place where an intermission would be a good idea, speak now.

--I would love to know that the Mother's job is....Kathi, any thoughts? (No pressure right away, something to think about, haha)

--The play is timeless. We discussed it vaguely being set somewhere between 1997 and 2005, which I think still holds true, but in terms of season, I don't think we need to narrow it down. These people don't leave the house enough to care what season it is.

--The Father's mental illness doesn't stem from any specific event or series of events, it would exist whether or not he had a perfect childhood, or was beaten as a child. That being said, opening up a discussion about the Father's past with Zen would be interesting, and will be important character development.


I think the relationships between all the characters are really
interesting and complex, and it will be interesting to work on
enhancing them through the visual aspects of the show. I'm especially
interested in how the growth and changes in Child's character will be
able to be illustrated visually- because I know you'd said in the past
it's not really about the passage of time. I do have a couple of
questions, though.

~Is there something specific in Father's past that makes him depressed/
angry? It's alluded to in scene 2, but do you leave it with so few
details on purpose? It's just a bit unclear to me whether that's there
to try to explain father's actions in such a way that the audience
might have some level of sympathy, or just for depth of character or
as an interesting added detail or something?

~Is there a specific season the play is set in? Christmas is mentioned
once, is the whole play set in wintertime, or just that season? Even
if you don't want there to be a specific time of year or anything,
some sort of guidance on season/climate/weather ish things might be

~What does the mother do for her job? Is it some sort of temp. job
sort of thing?

~This is just logistical, but there's no intermission, and the
characters don't really leave the stage much at all, except when
Father is taken away, right?



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