Thursday, June 4, 2009

Scars, GPTC 09 Reading

This is a recording of my one-act play, "Scars," when it was read last week at the 2009 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Judy Hart directed it, and it featured Madeline Radcliff as the character SHE, and Judy Radcliff as Frankenstein. Unfortunately, I do not know who was reading stage directions. This recording also includes the feedback I received afterward, so, y'know. You may or may not interested in that.

MP3 Recording of the 5/09 Reading of Scars

In a sentence, this play is a 30-minute, two woman feminist deconstruction or re-imagining of Frankenstein. Before I had really figured that out, the synopsis I sent to the conference was:

"Scars takes the familiar story of Frankenstein and tilts it slightly, as a young woman ‘made from scratch’ recalls her time spent with her creator, the eccentric doctor Frankenstein. What appears to be a dreamlike, fanciful re-imagining quickly becomes a dark allegory for the parent-child relationship."

People were pretty damn effusive about my script, I was frankly shocked. If anything, it energized me with the realization that this is actually is a produce-able piece of theatre. I'd say this recording represents solid first draft, I learned a lot about what this script needs from this, I will return to it before the end of the year.

It has been suggested that in order to expand this piece into the proverbial "evening of theatre," I write a companion deconstruction of Dracula. This idea intriuges me. I will keep all two of you posted.

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