cellocgw wrote:I don't know how to search for my own first post -- I was a reader from the start, but lurked for a while before diving in.
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Dracomax wrote:Aren't plays usually in the form of Character:action, speech? Every play I've ever read has been, anyway.
Depends on the author. Typically, very little action is actually indicated by the author, as it is implied by the speech. Some authors put no stage directions whatsoever into their plays, but others load tons of stage and emotional directions onto the page. IMHO, that is overkill.
The effective use of stage directions depends on the limitations of the particular stage the play is being mounted on, and stage direction is often modified by the director to fit. (Words of dialog are never ever (supposed to be)
Some publishers (I was going to name names, but when I checked I found a bit more variation than I had remembered) will insert stage directions that copied directly from the stage manager's notes from the first professional performance; this is usually next to useless, since it is too specifically tied to the size and arrangement of that particular venue.
As an author, I tend to put very little stage direction in my works, since I trust the actor and director to bring out the character in whatever manner is appropriate for the setting. As an actor, I find excessive stage direction to be distracting, as it will often merely echo what I'm going to do anyway, or what I cannot do ("crosses to sofa stage left" is hard to do when the sofa is actually center stage to make room for the hallway door which would otherwise not even fit) That said, I put a little bit more stage direction in my OTT works, since they are meant to be read, not performed.
In most cases, stage directions come before the dialog, but there are exceptions there too, for action that takes place afterwards, or by a character that has no dialog at the time.
I'm sure that all of us would like to hear from any of the First-Timers who helped found this wonderful insanity. Are you still tracking the One True Comic? Are you still reading the One True Thread? What do you think of how it's grown and changed?
Anyone else want to hear from these folks??????????????
* raises hand *
I am still utterly fascinated by this whole thing. I love everything about [the OTT's] strange and constantly-evolving being. [...] I don't know if I'm a big, ole weirdo for feeling like this, but whatever.
I kind of got carried away. I just think this whole comic and thread are really, really cool.(link)
You are not at all a "big, ole weirdo" for thinking this - it is
a really cool place, in many ways that overlap. It is a fertile, friendly, creative, fun, and nurturing sanctuary, whose continued vibrancy brightens every one of my days.