by G.L. Horton
G.L. Horton's newest essays are now being posted on her stageblog.
in Contemporary American Plays
JPB asks: "Has a American written a play with nudity that
is not sexual?" GLH replies: Yes, there are such plays,
where the naked actor is old, lumpy, or disfigured. But the problem
with plays like these is the same as with sexual nudity...
IMHO, almost all the cop or action movies or TV shows are revenge
Vision of a Play
ANIDOV wrote: "Actors/directors seem to think the author
wrote only the text of the play. But the author "envisioned"
all of it -- setting, space..." GLH replies: Sometimes,
Weddings and Bridging Cultures
In America our favorite plot has always been a boy and girl from
different backgrounds, especially religious backgrounds, falling
in love and getting together to marry, and their reluctant families
coming to accept that we are all Americans...
I suspect that "intellectual" plays continue to be written, but
are dumbed down or souped up during the path to production. One
of the maxims of contempory dramaturgy...
WB wrote: "Naomi Wallace [is] incredible [but] unrecognized
by her own country." GLH replies: "Unrecognized" is a
little too strong: perhaps "unrewarded" or "unsupported"...?
See also other G.L. Horton essays on . . . actors
& acting . . . criticism . . .
literature . . . miscellaneous
. . . modern plays . . .
political commentary . . . Shakespeare
. . . women's issues . . .
writing & directing & producing