9/17/08 Dramaturgy Day with Ashley
Though this entry is entitled Dramaturgy Day with Ashley it is also my, Iman Milner, first entry since starting this process...working on one of the two Cowards, Hay Fever. This entry will be a little more formal I guess than the other ones that I will post because I am big fan of streams of consciousness. So here is my formal hello.
Today was an interesting day because we went through a lot of the dirty work that goes along with starting a new project: the research...well the breaking down of the research. There were tons of interesting issues discussed (i.e. the roles of women, the importance of race and class, the fact that cars were a BIG deal...lol). I found his Ashley's opening statement extremely helpful. What did he say, you may ask? He stressed the importance of making sure to really seek out the harder to identify differences between 1925 Britain and 2008 America. This arose out of all the excitement that entered the room while we all sat and discussed how easy it will be to see how this play interprets right into current times...
One thing I thought both casts would benefit from is the idea that class was not just about money but about culture.
Favorite Quote of the night:
"there is no need for a thesis statement for a play."