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 Posted: Thu May 20th, 2010 08:07 pm
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in media res


Joined: Sun Jul 2nd, 2006
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I agree with what everyone has posted. Doug and Darkja may be explaining more to the point of your particular question than what I mentioned. I was speaking in general. They are speaking more of a particular world which is established in each play. Look at the questions they are asking.

Yes, we do establish "rules" for each particular play we write. Each play has a different overall tone as well. For example: tragedy, comedy, romance melodrama, etc. To violate them on what may seem whimsy to a reader is to give the reader/audience wrong directions to the point of a particular play. It deflects them and can lose them on your trail they are following. Keep them wondering not wandering. The clearer one can be the more the reader will be able to follow. Ever hiked a trail and come to a fork and someone or Mother Nature has muddled up the trail marker?

In edd's excellent play "The Moon Away" there is a point where he brings in the Pope for Chrissakes. (Read it for yourself) But it all is brilliantly staying on the point of the play. We don't want to confuse an audience, we want to intrigue an audience to find out what is behind the next door.

Since I have not read your play, but am already fascinated by it, I'll ask just a few questions: Is the theatrical device you use for the hallucination clear and consistent throughout? What is the inciting reason for each hallucination? Is each one necessary? Is each one just a commentary on what is going on- thereby slowing down the progression of the story - or does it also move the story along? (I just now came up with a little saying for playwriting "Commentary Kills.")

And, as edd says, every assessment is a personal assessment. And you have other people who do find clarity in the piece. So, the good is outnumbered by the one. I would take a fresh look at your play in a couple of weeks. If it holds up perfectly, keep going with it.

By the way, in 1938 in Russia under Stalin, I do not find it unrealistic that most of the most of the population could have been hallucinating out of necessity. Maybe your reader did not know his history.

Keep us posted.

Best with it,

in media res

Last edited on Thu May 20th, 2010 08:16 pm by in media res