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12th Night


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Beckett : Godot

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... R&G, USA : two businessmen and meaning of (American?) life. [ director's notes ]

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"All that is straight lies," the dwarf murmured contemptuously. "All truth is crooked; time itself is a circle." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Postmodernism is old, but Americans still do not know what PoMo is, even though they’ve already had two post modern presidents. When students ask me about the postmodern, I tell them to read "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". First written in 1964, then re-written in 1966 and 68, Tom Stoppard, “dove into the world's most famous play, Hamlet, and retold it from the point of view of two bumbling support players. The entire world is a stage, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play their part, finding themselves unwitting pawns in history's greatest tragedy (was written about the 1990 movie based on the play and directed by Stoppard himself)”.

This play is a “pastiche” of Shakespeare and Beckett and represents the game of the present with the past, when the present has no plans for future -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as two characters in "Waiting for Godot" do not understand the world no matter how hard they try to think about life.

A darling of college stage, the script has it all, the good and bad of modern theatre (witty language and weak plot). "Comedy about Tragedy" is how I define the genre for myself.

For Lev Tolstoy, all of Shakespeare was nonsensical for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the action makes no sense {What do you mean by nonsense and why doesn’t the action make sense?} And what about life for Stoppard? Or for me... all nonsense? Oh, this is perhaps, the most dramatic (absurd and thus tragic?) part of "to be and not to be"!

Free will and destiny ? -- no, we are afraid of classic dictionary! Our heroes avoid decisions.

... is it about us?

You bet.

Re-read Hamlet... and then you would see this play as never ending dialogue about ouselves.

The Summary of Hamlet
This drama is one of the great tragedy themed plays by William Shakespeare. The themes of the plot cover indecision, revenge and retribution, deception, ambition, loyalty and fate. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother, Queen Gertrude's remarriage to Claudius. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him. Hamlet swears revenge. He kills the eavesdropping Polonius, the court chamberlain. Polonius's son Laertes returns to Denmark to avenge his father's death. Polonius's daughter Ophelia loves the Prince but his behaviour drives her to madness. Ophelia dies by drowning. A duel takes place and ends with the death of Gertrude, Laertes, Claudius, and Hamlet.

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... dict.txt : Random juxtaposition refers to the stimulation of creativity in problem solving, design or other creative pursuit by confronting two unrelated concepts or objects, usually the goal or problem to be solved on the one hand and a randomly selected object or concept on the other.

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