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 Posted: Thu Feb 9th, 2012 01:58 am
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As theater games go, this one was a brainteaser that might give even Shakespeare a headache: write a scene that would be impossible to stage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/theater/paula-vogel-leads-a-playwright-boot-camp-at-second-stage.html?_r=1&hpw

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Wow! That's a challenge....hmmm....here's an idea:

A man stranded on snowy mountain top being airlifted out by helicopter...and the helicopter crashes. Easy for film, not so much for stage.

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It's an amazing exercise to do in a group. It gets you thinking and talking about what's possible.

Another great exercise that she uses is End of the World in 5 Pages. It got me to write a very cool short piece.

I was part of a 3-week bootcamp with 7 other playwrights and Paula - and I did some amazing work and met some really great people with whom I continue to contact.

--kato

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Luana Krause wrote:
Wow! That's a challenge....hmmm....here's an idea:

A man stranded on snowy mountain top being airlifted out by helicopter...and the helicopter crashes. Easy for film, not so much for stage.


This is very do-able in a theatrical sense.

Puppets? Images? Shadows? a video projection? A guy in black whirling black stockings over his head and making whoosh-whoosh sounds.

There are loads of ways to stage this.

:)

--Kato

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One of the other cool exercises - to consider plotting- was to write two scenes. Each scene has two characters. Each scene informs the other for the observer, but they do not intersect.

Her example:

Scene one -- Oedipus meets a man at a crossroads and kills him because he refuses to yield the right of way.

Scene two -- Jocasta, a widow in mourning, confesses to her maid that she finds the new comer -- Oedipus -- attractive.

No more than 10 pages.

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