|From:|| "jgescher" <firstname.lastname@example.org> | Block Address | Add to Address Book|
|To:|| "jAnine carter" <email@example.com>|
|Subject:|| Re: NBTF-First Follow-up...|
|Date:|| Tue, 7 Aug 2001 21:15:45 -0400||
One of my favorite films: "Before Sunrise," starring Julie Delpy. Itís
good but also Iím partial since I spent a lot of my life trying less
successfully to write about a couple of mixed nationalities exploring
together. I mention it for neither of those two reasons; however, it
to me that film explores the outer limits of possible conversation
the two members of a heterosexual relationship. Before itís over we
lot about the loversí parents and grandparents as well as about
themselves...where the lovers came from, I guess Ė their history.
"What Light from Darkness Grows..." is entirely different because of
jerks who put the two strangers together. "The shack", the darkness,
healing and the great feeling from toe to head Ė magnificent
are key elements and all extremely dramatic. Youíre under extreme
for working for Time Magazine and in fact the Inquisition may haul you
front of itself at any second and point out to you that while
know about angles and deadlines, thatís all the drama they know about,
the rest is all slop...but you pretty much escape this bad rap, the
be 90 per cent there. In fact, if you "retooled" it recently you may
want to work on it any more and I donít blame you. Too many people have
wasted my life with well-intended advice: all too often it would have
smarter to get on with another project. No one but you can decide,
Another dramatic element: their conversation itself: the fact of it!
Subversion, rebellion, and beyond the imagination of the jailers.
great. I liked the parts about culture, learning and music...the
non-sexual subject matter of their getting to know one another
(at least non-bestial, bestial being the racist view of sex, racists
all stereotypes with little or nothing between the ears).
This may be digression Ė but what is e-mail for? Ė but when those guys
started your play the acting was so good, what with Jack Nicholson
that Mountain guy who definitely seemed to have lost a gene or two
inbreeding...they were so powerful I really was worried about what was
to come next, if the lovers (i.e., the actors) would hold their own but
had the situation, the lines, demeanor and talent to more than hold
Also, it is not my wish to be arrogant and presumptuous.
There is so much dramatic situation in "What Light " that almost
should grow out of it. And if you start with the touching of the manís
from toe to head....call that the center of the whole play...then that
how we come to know this couple too. We donít start with
grandmothers or creation of the world (that approach belongs to
like Marian X who pulls it off only through the use of terrific,
irony). No you start in the darkness with a touch here and
immediate. The knowledge flows outward from that. Yes,neutral
works but works best when we are aware that it is insurrectionist. All
can say is there comes a point when the words stop being connected to
play: i.e., to the feel of bodies...Itís more like keeping a radio
strong and clear than anything...no static...turn the dial a little...
calls her a starling. Perfect. You want them to be full human beings
talk about anything and who can follow their natural interest and even
monologue in the dark isnít quite as bad as during daytime...If you
yourself editing please donít become a mad slasher...but there are some
times and only you can know them when youíve crossed the line so that
become lovers going on too long....
And now, because of the delay in mailing this, I have seen at least a
percentage of your excellent photos and materials on the web...and
have found it all a bid intimidating had I seen it first! But I stick
Your play has had a great deal of success already: usually when that
people don't want to change anything. But it sounds as if you're
open to new forms with this material, which means you'll be changing
I was thinking that I saw a lot about man and woman at the
all see a lot on the subject all the time everywhere. But your two
exceptional. There is magic in their being together. And I mentioned
Marian X's use of irony but how about your own. The tension between
pre-conception (that of Nicholson and Mountain man - sorry, but those
the only two actors I've seen perform those parts so far) and actual
The two were magic...and the very good actors provided some of it but
really in the writing, and I believe (sorry for saying this) there
I love What Light, I saw a lot of
it was the best of all. It even got me thinking about "arranged
the lower divorce rate....People can take their reactions in a lot of
directions if everything is substantial, heartfelt and true.
A first play? Wow! Congratulations.
Please forgive the half-baked nature of my response...but that is sort
way I came to see it, knowing nothing beforehand, still not knowing the
of the characters or the actors...in other words I was open to a good
for which I thank you.
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