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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 03:07 pm
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Anna202
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I've written a play that depends on a number of flashbacks.  They're currently formatted by indentation, but I am looking for a better way to format them. Also, from what I've read, a lot of people seem to think that there is no place for flashbacks in a stageplay. I don't believe this has to be the case: I've seen numerous plays where flashbacks have been made to work. What do you think?

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 Posted: Fri Apr 8th, 2011 06:08 pm
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I'm reading a script right now that has flashbacks.  The flashbacks are shown with a note in the scene heading.  Since the action never stops, the actors change clothes or something else that signifies the period right in front of the audience.  The dialog then sets the time and place.  The play I'm reading does not have a specific set but a number of trunks and boxes that the actors retrieve stuff to use to change to scene.

I've read other plays where a short flashback is done with a lighting change.  The flashback happens in red light, for example.

If I had a flashback, I think I'd have dialog before the flashback that sets it up (Do you remember when . . . .) then have dialog in the flashback that sets the time and place.

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Thanks, Doug!

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I personally find flashbacks to be more feasible either as their own scene or at the beginning of a scene, not only for technical reasons but also since it makes the audience ask "What's this about?" The latter example is actually present in my first and only full-length.

Alternatively, have the characters just talk about an event that happened in their past, but in the present. This is best done with a monologue, but can be achieved in other ways.

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JustGoWithIt wrote:

Alternatively, have the characters just talk about an event that happened in their past, but in the present. This is best done with a monologue, but can be achieved in other ways.


Now I know I've written expositionary monologues a few times, but I've also been told that it's always better to "show rather than tell". My guess is it keeps the audience engaged, especially if there's a lot to be covered in the explanatory monologue or dialogue. Just wondering.

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