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bare life

Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben's concept for life that has been exposed to what he terms the structure of exception that constitutes contemporary biopower. The term originates in ...

Rockaby

Rockaby  

A: Samuel Beckett Pf: 1981, Buffalo, New York State Pb: 1982 G: Monodrama in 1 act S: Rocking chair on bare stage, indeterminate period C: 1fA prematurely old woman W, with unkempt grey hair, wearing ...
Kaspar

Kaspar  

A: Peter Handke Pf: 1968, Frankfurt-am-Main Pb: 1967 Tr: 1969 G: Drama in 1 act (65 scenes); German prose and free verse S: Bare stage, indeterminate period C: 6m, 3 voices (m or f)Kaspar, an ...
Lark

Lark  

A: Jean Anouilh Pf: 1953, Paris Pb: 1953 Tr: 1955 G: Drama in 2 acts; French prose S: Rouen, France, 1431 C: 17m, 3fJoan of Arc (‘the lark’) has been captured and brought to trial, but her judge ...
A Dream Play

A Dream Play  

AT: The Dream Play A: August Strindberg Pf: 1907, Stockholm Pb: 1902 Tr: 1912 G: Drama without act or scene divisions; Swedish prose and some verse S: Indeterminate locations in Europe, 1900s C: 26m, ...
Rockaby

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...Beckett was obsessed with his mother, the person who gave him the unwanted gift of life, and whose possessive love haunted much of his adult life. Here, as in Footfalls , Beckett meditates on the desolation, isolation, and repetition of life (especially for the widowed or unmarried woman), as one waits for death. The mesmerizing effect of the short beautifully phrased lines as W rocks, is suddenly shattered with the verbal violence of the ending: ‘stop her eyes | fuck life | stop her eyes | rock her off | rock her...

Not I

Not I (1972)   Quick reference

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...Monodrama in 1 act Setting/time of action: Darkened bare stage, indeterminate period Cast: 1m, 1f At the back of a darkened stage, only a Mouth is visible. Downstage stands the Auditor, cloaked in black, who listens intently to the Mouth and three times raises his arms in a gesture of compassion. Even before and after the curtain, the Mouth is heard speaking. When the curtain rises, a flood of disjointed phrases become audible. In essence, the Mouth describes how she was born and lived an uneventful life. Perhaps because of some trauma, she is unable to...

Our Town

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...dramas of the 20th century, not just for its loving and somewhat sentimental recreation of America before the advent of motorized transport, but also for its staging without props or scenery. Fulminating against the empty realism of 19th-century theatre, Wilder experimented with a bare stage and taking the action out of the proscenium arch into the audience. While this suggests Pirandello's influence, Wilder never referred to him, claiming his theatrical ancestry from Shakespeare. Wilder, in his turn, in the graveyard scene may have suggested the central image...

Endgame

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...at the door. Endgame has been variously interpreted. The title and phrases like ‘Me to play’ refer to chess; the bare stage, with its two high windows, suggests the inside of a skull; Hamm, sounding like the colloquialism for a poor actor, and his mentions of ‘asides’ and ‘soliloquies’ point to the theatrical experience of repeating the same role again and again; the isolation, greyness, and the unavailability of goods suggest the remains of life after a nuclear holocaust. As ever, amongst these mystifying clues, Beckett succeeds in creating a beautifully...

Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise

Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise (2000)   Quick reference

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... 2008 Date of 1st translation to English: 2008 Genre: Drama in prologue, 5 scenes, and an epilogue, English, Afrikaans, and vernacular languages Setting/time of action: Bare stage representing different locations in South Africa, 1970s and 1980s Cast: 3m, 2f Each of the scenes is based on the life story of the individual performer. Bongi tells of village life in the rural Transkei, how she is left to fend for herself and is almost constantly hungry. Roelf is an Afrikaans-speaking boy of mixed race. He is sent with his brother to live with...

Lark, The

Lark, The (1953)   Quick reference

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...Joan should be seen in her moment of glory – the coronation of Charles as king of France. The play ends on a heroic tableau of ‘a lark in the free sky’. Strongly influenced by Shaw's Saint Joan , Anouilh's version follows the incidents of Shaw's play, mostly in flashback on a bare stage. The focus of Anouilh's treatment is on the trial and the threat Joan's belief in humanity offers to the Catholic faith. Both Christopher Fry's and Lillian Hellman's versions for the English and American stages tended to lessen the importance of this theological...

Kaspar

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... Author: Peter Handke Date/place of 1st performance: 1968 , Frankfurt-am-Main Date of 1st publication: 1967 Date of 1st translation to English: 1969 Genre: Drama in 1 act (65 scenes); German prose and free verse Setting/time of action: Bare stage, indeterminate period Cast: 6m, 3 voices (m or f) Kaspar, an innocent, clown-like figure, stumbles around on the stage, trying to come to terms with his environment. At first he is unable to speak, but then manages to repeat the one sentence he knows: ‘I want to become someone like somebody...

Disco Pigs

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...Pigs Author: Enda Walsh Date/place of 1st performance: 1996 , Cork Date of 1st publication: 1997 Genre: Drama in 1 act Setting/time of action: Bare stage representing different locations in Cork City and Crosshaven, 1990s Cast: 1m, 1f ‘Pig’ and ‘Runt’ are the self-chosen nicknames of Darren and Sinead, 17-year-old teenagers, who were born within minutes of each other and have been lifelong companions. Regarding themselves as ‘king an queen’ of Pork [Cork] City, they describe in their own odd vernacular how they go out for the evening. At...

Dream Play, A

Dream Play, A (1907)   Quick reference

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...everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist.…The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, disperse, assemble. But one consciousness rules over them all, that of the dreamer.’ Ingmar Bergman memorably staged a shortened version on an almost bare stage in 1970 , and Caryl Churchill adapted it in 2005. A translation of the original is available at: http://archive.org/stream/playsbyauguststr00stri#page/n7/mode/2up...

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