So - at the college that I attend the playwriting program pretty much consists of me ambushing theatre professors in dark hallways with stage scripts:"Read this, tell me what you think!" After discussing it with the professor I tend to ambush the most, I want to put together a 13-week independent study course with the aim of completing a pet project I've had on the backburner for ages, that is, *phew* a script for a full-length stage adaptation of John Milton's Paradise Lost, my favorite work of literature. (If you read the comedy short I posted "The Furnishings of Good and Evil", you might have noticed some specific references to it - and yes, I know it's Raphael, not Gabriel who relates the war in heaven to Adam and Eve, I just felt Gabriel is a more recognizable figure)
The course is going to be heavily research focused, and I'll be honest, I've never really done much research for my creative-writing in the past, so one of the question I have for you, as a forum, is what sort of sources have most helped inspire you in the writing process, and if you can recommend anything in particular in relation to Paradise Lost, that'd be great.
So far we've drafted up a list of similar works, contempary to Milton, other works by Milton, literary critiques of Paradise Lost, other stage adaptations, and also strangely enough Alan Moore's Watchmen (less related to the original work, and more related to the direction I want to take it in, pertaining to a line that Sin delievers to Lucifer at the gates of hell in which - bah, getting ahead of myself).
So curious about any recommendations.
Also, I just finished reading Ben Power's 2006 stage adaptation of the work - several ingenious ideas, certain things that made me rage (mainly related to "Gah! I loved that line! How could you cut that line!"), and also certain things that paralell what I've already written ("Yes! Eve should deliver the final lines: 'Through Eden took their solitary way.'"). He also manages to solve a pernicious problem, I've been struggling with, that is, how to more fully incorporate the Son into the script: he solved this by making him the narrator, and it's an idea I really like, but don't want to simply rip off Ben Power, and it requires actually using a signifigant amount of narration, which I would prefer to stage or transmute into dialouge - so that's a hurdle: a problem which I've been struggling with - perhaps a staging of the Creation (since in PL, God sends the Son to create the world) ?
Hmmm, so many questions, so many things to figure out.
You may want to read the first few plays of the Medieval English cycles. I'm a fan of York myself, and I'm pretty sure it's the longest of its peers. It has a number of short plays spanning the Fall of Angels through the Expulsion from Eden (and more).