My name is Elana, and I am new to this forum. I am in my final year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where I am studying Theatre-Literature (it's an interdisciplinary major, with extreme emphasis on the "theatre" part...the lit part is just thrown in for good measure). I have been a theatre nerd since 7th grade, and usually indulge by writing, acting, or directing, though I have also done some designing (I am actually in the process of designing set for a production of "The Lover" by Pinter)...whatever I can get my hands on, literally. I have written a number of short plays and one 45-minute one-act (which I mostly adapted from fairy tales). For my senior thesis, I am writing a bitch of a play inspired by the lives of the Brothers Grimm, though I am not exactly on speaking terms with it at the moment. I think I am actually just in denial--clinging on to some semblence of historical realism before I skip off into the night with fairy tales. Don't know why I even fight it, I guess it's just part of the process :). Anyway, enough rambliness. I've been peeking around and this site looks incredible. I'm very glad to have found it!
Thanks for the welcome, I'll look into the resources here! Although there are some revisions that I need to do to the script before I try to market it...there's nothing quite like producing a show to make you realize what needs to be changed!
And I can't figure out if your "what did you write today" is a rhetorical question, but unfortunately, I haven't written ANYTHING in two days! I did have a major breakthrough in the play that I'm writing for my college thesis, though...so I'll have to get cracking on that :). Nothing like writing 15 pages of a play and then realizing that you really don't know or like quite where it's going. Time to start over from page 1, with more concrete plans...
Anyways, I look forward to being a part of this community!!
If you are interested in the Brothers Grimm, then think about skipping the fairy tales which are very well known, and hunt out their Deutsche Sagen (German Legends). Some of these are astoundingly bleak and bizarre and the anti-Semitism is uncomfortable (tales of Jews stealing and murdering Gentile babies for example!), but well worth a look.
There is an English Edition [The German Legends of The Brothers Grimm. Edited and Translated by Donald Ward. Millington Books 1981. ISBN 0 86000 161 X. 2 Vols], that you might be able to get from a library.
Thank you TKL...I've heard of the German Legends, but haven't read them. I will definitely look into that! I am definitely drawn to the lesser-known, bleaker fairy tales, so I'm sure I will love the legends. See you around the forums!
Elana - I was re-reading the Grimm legends today (inspired by your posting!) and am thinking about collecting some verbal folk tales myself from older family members of my own. Could be useful material for future work... I am from a wildly divergent background of Welsh, Scottish, Jewish, Catholic and recently inter-married Pakistani peoples so there is a lot of interesting ground to cover.
I was out this evening listening to the English writer Will Self, giving a public reading and 'performance'. He just flew by the seat of his pants making up a whole new mythology and series of 'legends' based on a dream he had about Jude Law and inviting his audience to go and breed with animals in the local zoo to scare the keepers in the morning with the resulting creatures.... gracious, I wish I could let my imagination roam as freely as that!
TKL--That is a brilliant idea! I'd love to hear more about the project as it progresses! Also, that sounds like such an interesting "performance." I will have to look up "Will Self" (with a name like that, it's no wonder he's creative). Isn't it amazing what some people can do when they don't censor their imaginations, they just take ideas and run with them?