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More classic Plays that I found to read

Loved this one.. “The Importance of being Earnest”, by Oscar Wilde..

First Act, Part 1

Scene

Morning-room in Algernon’s flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The sound of a piano is heard in the adjoining room.

[Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.]

ALGERNON. Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?

LANE. I didn’t think it polite to listen, sir.

ALGERNON. I’m sorry for that, for your sake. I don’t play accurately – any one can play accurately – but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

LANE. Yes, sir.

ALGERNON. And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?

LANE. Yes, sir. [Hands them on a salver.]

ALGERNON. [Inspects them, takes two, and sits down on the sofa.] Oh!… by the way, Lane, I see from your book that on Thursday night, when Lord Shoreman and Mr. Worthing were dining with me, eight bottles of champagne are entered as having been consumed.

LANE. Yes, sir; eight bottles and a pint.

Gearing up to write the “Play”

So I geared up tonight getting ready to learn how to write a play.. I ended up reading “Major Barbara” by Bernard Shaw..

I wanted to see how he opened his drama’s..

“It is after dinner on a January night, in the library in Lady Britomart Undershaft’s house in Wilton Crescent. A large and comfortable settee is in the middle of the room, upholstered in dark leather. A person sitting on it (it is vacant at present) would have, on his right, Lady Britomart’s writing-table, with the lady herself busy at it; a smaller writing-table behind him on his left; the door behind him on Lady Britomart’s side; and a window with a window-seat directly on his left. Near the window is an armchair.”

Amazing insights now.. Awesome read too  http://drama.eserver.org/plays/modern/major-barbara/

Journal Entry…I found my subject

I found the subject of my 10 Minute Drama… I have a sneak peak for you all.. The picture is awesome.. Can I even say more..

“As I Followed the Sun” Flashback Scene description

Flashback opens on to the day Sidney arrives at Terrill’s Pecan Farm.

A scuffle takes place between Miguel Zapata and a worker from another Farm—that has just come for the day, The Other worker pulls out a knife on Miguel and the  Farm Manager happens upon the scene right after Miguel leans down to pick up the dropped knife… Sidney had watched this all and The Farm manager wanted the Zapata’s to leave, but Sidney vouched for Miguel.  The Manager believed Sidney and offered him an overseer position and Sidney did not accept it, but asked to Day Labor just like the other workers.  The Farm manager although Skeptical and did not want attention brought to his farm from the Run Away.. conditionally accepted it.

Writing a flashback into “As I Followed the Sun”

I awoke one morning this week and realized how I would write the flash back into my story “As I Followed the Sun”.  The Scene will be of how Sidney and the Zapata’s met.   I will use summary to show the scene change, and then exposition to show why Sidney had to run away and why he felt he needed to earn his life instead of go back and be a paper thin shadow puppet of his father and have everything given to him.

Kate Blackwell’s “You Won’t Remember This” Discussion

 

My favorite scene in this story was “The Fly” This scene summarized the main characters life before the story was being told.

 

This scene was awesome – it summarized the inner feelings of the expectant mother and how she was trapped in her white (boring) life and how her her life to that point had been clinical and had no warmth or real attachments.. she moved like a well programmed computer prior to —life invading into her territory, The death of the fly was needed for her to really mourn who she was and so she could move forward to where she ended up when the baby came.

Homework pp. 220 #2 “Just Married” by Tony Earley

 

The story is just one scene because the “Newlyweds" previous lives spanned a lifetime and their conversations were memories that told the back-story. The “On-lookers” were watching it all like watching a fishbowl. They were only there to see the scene.. they could not narrate anymore than that, as it was being all told through dialogue. Omniscience was not a quality they as “on lookers” possessed.