Jan 282013
 
Ray Converse

Ray Converse

 

As we worked through these short plays this weekend, I became immersed with how a simple reinterpretation of a few words can completely change the direction.  After all, each one of these playlettes is very short.  I didn’t sleep terribly well last night as my subconscious wrestled with this.  It became clearest to me as we worked on The Atrocious Uncle.  Different answers to a few questions can change the performance direction altogether.  Is the aunt partially paralyzed because she is a stroke victim, or is the paralysis the result of the Uncle’s physical abuse?  Is the Uncle an ex-soldier bored with the absence of war?  Or is he the Communist ideologue waiting for the remarkable day of the New World, but that never comes?  Is there any humanity to the Uncle or is he just a thug?

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