Playing As Being as a play

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    2008.08.05 07:00 - Six hour Session


    Riddle Sideways: I was at a Shakespeare festival for a week. Saw 6 plays in 6 days
    Doc Freenote: Interesting. Is there theater in SL?
    Riddle Sideways: when I think about Playing As Being... I had not thought much about Plays as in the theater.
    Doc Freenote: what was your favorite of the ones you saw?
    Riddle Sideways: We discussed that a lot... and there was no favourite. They were all so different. Mid-summers nite was set in the 60's and 70's, very campy. OurTown was done pure and simple as was written. Othello was commanding.
    Doc Freenote: interesting. I am not currently a Shakespeare nut, but I can definitely see the attraction. Everything I have seen I have loved. All the play with words and meaning and humor etc.
    Riddle Sideways: I also am not a Shakespeare nut. I usually cannot understand the language
    Doc Freenote: Plays are amazing worlds unto themselves. Aristotle’s idea of catharsis can still be felt in a good play.
    Riddle Sideways: Yes, we saw a play named "the further adventures of Hedda Gobler". A new light comedy about plays, playwrights, and fictional characters.
    Doc Freenote: Sounds interesting
    Riddle Sideways: That was a mind twisting PaB activity
    Doc Freenote: The kind of intertextuality thing is big now right? Watching plays within plays about plays and playwrights etc right? Like reality TV about reality TV
    Riddle Sideways: And violations of the 4th wall and my sitting in an audience, watching the other watchers.
    Doc Freenote: But shakespeare was doing all that long ago right?
    Riddle Sideways: yes


    Adelene enters stage left.

    Riddle Sideways: Just as the email group were starting to talk about Seeing, I was seeing these plays
    Riddle Sideways: I was having problems with "You seeing, Being seeing" yet seeing Plays is easy. "Seeing" the play, players, playwrite, audience, theater all at the same time is doable.
    Doc Freenote: Do you feel something like the cleansing implied by catharsis after a good play?
    Riddle Sideways: Yes and no. There is both the cleansing and the invigoration.
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