Peter Rogers's Blog
Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth
Thursday (11/5/09) 8:50pm - ... wherein Peter wonders what Dickensian stuff we haven't hit upon yet.
Patrick added this comment to a previous Dickens post, and I thought I'd repost it because I thought it was interesting.
Turning it over to Patrick:
I'm going to add this to your note Peter. I think more folks from our cast will see it. Feel free to make additions everyone!
These are some items that I am seeing repeated in Dickens text, that, so far, I haven't seen in our improvisations. (But I've only been on Tuesdays):
- Long-winded supplications -- it seems that many characters, when in need, talk for pages.
- Over-emotional pledges of eternal fidelity.
- Treatment of female protagonist as a goddess without blemish, inspiring love and care in all.
- Coal, wood, fireplaces, smoke, fuel. <- In so very very many scenes.
- Villains having a identifiable object that they always carry -- almost as if the object retains an evil of its own.
To this, I would add:
- Someone referring to their spouse/true love as "My life".
- A crazy-idealized parent-child relationship, like that of Clara and David Copperfield or R. and Bella Wilfer.
- A straight-up moralizing speech -- ostensibly directed at another character, but really directed at edifying the audience.
I reiterate Patrick's request -- if anybody has further suggestions for Dickensian tropes that were missing from the rehearsals, chime in!
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|Date:||Thursday (11/5/09) 11:35pm|| |
This good! Keep reminding us of these. In fact, mail this out to the cast. This will help us keep the show fresh.
Also, Bolden had a stutter last night!
|Date:||Thursday (11/5/09) 11:47pm|| |
This post has mirrored over to facebook, and I tagged the cast there.