W;t: A PLay by Margaret Edson

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Edson, M. (2000). W;t: a play. New York: Faber and Faber. W;t Paper (3-5 pages) 1) Identify a list of “Thematic Subjects” – these can be single words or longer phrases – that you feel cut to the core of what the play is about. The list can be as long as you deem necessary, but it would best suit you to have 5+. 1

2) Create a “Thematic Statement” – an “If…then” sentence, i.e. “If you pull the trigger, then the bullet will fire.” Something that incorporates the spirit of the themes you started identifying on your list of subjects and creates consequences. 3) Identify the play’s “protagonist” and “antagonist.” How do their roles embody the play’s theme? 4) Identify the play’s inciting incident, two moments of rising action, and the play’s climax. This is part of the structure the holds the play together. How do these moments relate to your thematic statement? 5) Lastly, turn your attention to the play’s design. How would you use the set, costumes, lights to help communicate your themes visually? 6) What kind of impact could this production (and its themes) have outside of the theater? Could it have a positive social impact? Read the play. Find as many different words as you can that you feel highlight the thematic core of the play. Create a list of these words and discuss which you feel fit the play best. These are our Thematic Subjects. Then construct a Thematic Statement: “If _________, Then ______”. For example, a thematic statement for Othello might be: If you give in to and act on jealousy, then you will lose not only your reputation, but the ones that truly love you. When the theme of a play is phrased in this manner, we are immediately faced with consequences. What are the possible consequences this play is trying to address? In your paper, discuss the consequences the play poses and what how it applies to our lives beyond the theater. Rubric W;t Paper This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Thematic Subjects 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Thematic Statement 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Concept – Originality & Relationship to Thematic Subjects & Statement 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Application to Life 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Analysis and Critical Thinking 10.0 pts Full Marks 0.0 pts No Marks