Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eli- Week 2 : Speechless

18 minutes before midnight. Close but here it is in all its rushed glory. I am sure there are grammatical errors galore! I will say that I have never written anything like this before. Enjoy.

With 13 minutes left...

The Post:


  1. Okay so the blog goes according to Pacific time! Score.

  2. I really like this! I've begun to place more and more value on people's ability to act without words, and this scene will obviously put the actors' skills to the test in that regard. Small gestures and expressions do a lot to establish character here. I also like how there are three different generations of people and each copes in their own way with the calamitous situation.
    This piece reminds me of a short film (the title of which escapes me, but I saw it at an Asian Film Night at U of I several years ago) about a post-apocalyptic scenario in which all survivors have lost the ability to speak due to an unknown disease, and a man who thinks he is all alone finds a pregnant woman and looks after her until he dies and she gives birth to a child who does have a voice. I'll see if I can track down the name of it for you.

  3. I believe the film I'm thinking of is "After The Apocalypse." The version I saw might have been a rough cut.


  4. Thanks Eric. The concept was only actions. I also wanted to leave it vague enough that the play could be placed in any modern war (Like WWII) or even the future. I wanted a piece that the director, designers, and actors could make their own.

  5. Really good tension building and established characters, especially with the self limitations put on them with the main concept. I also really enjoyed the part with the old man going through the junk, giving us a sense of both him and the time where in (although nothing's established, it does give a sense of what's valuable in the future and what's not). If anything, I'd suggest clearing up some stage directions, such as with the compass and what 'childlike' refers to in that situation.

  6. Ah, it makes sense that you would want the decision to be up to whomever staged (or maybe even viewed) the play. I was wondering about the specifics, but this wondering was not something that I needed to be answered by the play; it does very well on its own. It's a dark piece! It leaves me with an icky feeling afterward. Hopefully an icky feeling that can be used productively- to avoid apocalyptic war? I also love non-speaking roles. I was once in a play you may remember- Alladine and Palomides- reviews were not good for the show. However I and two others had entirely movement-based roles- not only was it incredibly fun to do, but I also had several people tell me that we were the best part of the show. It's always more powerful- and more challenging- to not speak.