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 Posted: Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 05:38 pm
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Paddy



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Just before I read Poet's play, I was considering this, and the play really hit it home.

One of the most delicious plots to play with in a play is people stuck places...in an elevator, strange room, waiting room, etc.  Cell phones/texting/email...all makes our jobs as playwrights a little more difficult.  Before, it was easy enough to set up that kind of scenerio...now, way more difficult.

As an example.  I have a play, Shaking the Dew from the Lilies.  Five women accidentally locked over-night in a mall bathroom.  It's important to the play that they stay in there all night, however at this time in the history of instant communication, it's a bit of a stretch.  Initially, one woman left her cell in the car, one was out of juice, the others didn't have one.  in 2000, that wasn't a stretch.  Today, it is.  And so I had to go back into the play, and make sure the play was set in a bathroom in the basement of a mall, so it was feasible that none of their cells worked...still a bit of a stretch.

So is anyone else finding that those wonderfully perilous situations are harder to create due to the devices we now all carry with us?

Just a-pondering-thing for the day.

Paddy