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Visual Research for Hedwig and the Angry Inch
-Simple Sentence:
finding self-completeness through loss.

-Complex Sentence:
finding self-completeness through pursuing love in a lost journey.

-Version of the story:
a genderqueer East Berlin rock singer, who failed in the sex-change surgery, and chase after three different painful relationships to define herself. After repeatedly lost of love and herself, she comes closer to herself and accept her incompleteness.

Three Songs for Stage Design:
<<Sugar Daddy>>  <<Wig In A Box>>  <<Midnight Radio>>

Visual Reference:


Group Member: Eva, Ella, Luna, Kai

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Concept sentences of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Short: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a story about how a person seeking her other half.

Long: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a story about how a person try to fix herself by seeking the missing part of her body and mind by fall in love with different men, transfer career, and moving from place to place.

Version of story: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a story about  how a physical man with a woman self identity searching her missing other half part of mind, body and couple. She first fall in love with a man and do a sex transformation surgery support by this man and her mama. The surgery fails and the man goes away. She is already live in another country. Escape from restriction, but end up into a free but unfamiliar place. Then she fall in love with another man and become a rock star in broadway. People love her and think she is more glamorous than real woman. At last, she go away and fall in love with another man. However, this man goes away again. She is, in the end, still suffer from the public value at that time.

Elinor Fuchs Questions to Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The play molded into a planet. What is seen?

Space: In Berlin, it should be a natural and poor suburb area which imply she born to be this and trapped in this place/body. In broadway, the place show be exaggeratingly shining and gorgeous, but in detail, this scene also shows some worn texture stand for what she has going through. In Tommy’s town, it should be a small old town with old glory. The stage is more shabby and old fashion.Time: The time goes normal at the first, and then, it become very fast in the broadway. At last, in the town, the time is very slow at first and gradually speed up as she and Tommy start to performance.

Climate: In the Berlin, it’s cold and dry. In broadway, it’s hot and humid from so much people in the same space. In the town, it a warm and cozy climate.

Mood: In the Berlin, the mood is anxiety, afraid with some hopes. In broadway, it’s crazy, dramatic open like eagerly trying to tell people I am the most charming one and with wounds in the heart. In the town, the wounds become scars and it’s a mood of new hope but also not as excited as before, when she is young and inexperienced, when she is not afraid at all.

Hidden spaces: The hidden space here is obviously, why she broke up with Yitzhak? He is the only one who didn’t go away. This may have some clue about what’s her other half. She make this choice but not be abandon. The other hidden space is if the miserable childhood result to her self identity or characteristic?

Music: From country rock to 80s pop rock or punk to queer music.

Social world: In Berlin, it’s a world of communist, people observate each other but rarely interact. In Broadway, it’s a one way relationship, from a star to her fans, audience and agent. In the town, it’s a more intimate relationship. Everyone knows each other, at least name.

Changes: The change follows the inner world of the main character’s moving, body and career.

Changes In Myself: I don’t really be changed after watching this script because I am a very straight man and never thought about the problem of personal identity. People may feel themself different or flaw in comparison to others, and so did I. However, I didn’t changed that much, because I change myself inward or I just easily fit to the general expect to a good boy.

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The Lasso of Truth

Concept sentences of The Lasso of Truth

Short: Lasso of Truth is about the long way to egalitarian. (Lasso of Truth is about how a man can have two wife at the same time)

Long:Lasso of Truth is about how the inventor of wonder woman first experience then reverse the power in between two sex and inspire the descendants toward egalitarian. (Lasso of Truth is about how a men can get girls in this feminism world)

Version of story: Lasso of Truth is about how the inventor of wonder women, his wife and Amazon adjust their moral believe to accommodate their new type of relationship, and afterward inspire descendants to not just feminism but egalitarian.

Elinor Fuchs Questions to The Lasso of Truth.

The play molded into a planet. What is seen?
Space: a house, a comic book store, a place not in real world where is the source of truth with the machine
Time: time before the creation of wonder woman which time goes very fast. time in the comic book store, time goes very slow. time in front of machine, timeless
Climate: warm and humid weather that people my sweat. The weather in front of the machine is cold with clean air.

Mood: it a complicated mood, it’s annoyance wrapped with love. hope and experiment of the break through from the worries toward opinion moral society. it’s belief about what they value
Hidden spaces: I saw there’s a single direction love from Inventor to Amazon, although she said she do love him,too. Another hidden space is the sexuality Identity of the Guy. I’m not mean he is a gay, but he is different.

I hear ambient jazz music in the scene, it’s relax and exciting. I hear chant in front of the machine and then it being distorted

Social world: a world reflect what the machine values. a world inside this world is where these characters live. It’s just like a free space in Greek for people to talk about philosophy. Pure, controlled and experimental.

Changes: When they start to decide their future, who should leave? or stay? They Guy and the Girl are more dedicate and ambiguous on the change. Their position upon the truth flips a couple times and also offer a cue like “you got this point”

Changes In Myself: In a very long time, as a man, I continues feel hostilities from certain portion of feminist, although I did nothing wrong but keep my gentlemen behavior and they are all comes out from true goodwill. I’m also not understand how they ignore the nature difference between genders? However, as the progress of the play. I start to think and ask more questions I was not interested at all.

Theatrical mirrors: I’m not sure…don’t really watch many play before which can mirror to this

Cornell’s Box of The Lasso of Truth

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EFs Visit to a Small Planet

There’s no accident in an play. Nothing occurs “by chance”.

In comparison to what ”the empty space” present a drama is a more organic creature link to our true life, I more like how this article view a play is a well crafted event which may create a seperate time a space. This article offer a wonderful workflow and checklist for a ordinary person to get into the world of play. Moreover, it’s so detail that it almost like offer a framework for people to analysis their life and environment. By figuring out the answer mentioned in the article, we can dissect this planet layer by layer, and also the dynamics between inner-self of one character, between characters, between plays and between director, actor and audiences.

However, when we want to dive deep into the world of theatre more. The empty space supplement the insufficient of  ”EFs Visit to a Small Planet” which is more like a execution manual.

PETER BROOK – The Empty Space

When we talk about theatre but not a single play, we are talking a culture, a paradigm. At this moment, the topic become much more complicated because we are talking a whole ecosystem. The stage, actors, directors, critics, audiences, different theatre systems and even the economics and business. I have to admit that I not totally understand what this book try to convey. The structure is chaotic and transformation among topics so unexpectedly, but I do find lots of interesting points of views and insights.

In the first chapter the deadly theatre, it hard for me to understand how deadly the whole situation is if the writer don’t define the meaning of deadly first. I do agree some issue such as the price for people to participate into this art activities is so hard and the upcoming phenomena, but when He explore how modern theatre being deadly when directors decide to follow the way of tradition training or not, it’s confuse me. It may be the problem of myself from not familiar with the system in different culture such as USSR, French or English.

My favorite two parts of this book are the description of how the entering of audiences will change the play in the chapter “the immediate theatre” and the situation about the actors in first chapter. I had acted in a drama when I was an undergrad student. In practical, I didn’t really experienced the information flow between myself and audience. I’m more more focus into the world created in this play and my counter actors. I’m not sure if it’s because U act in an standard stage or I’m not proficient as an actor. However, theoretically, I do believe the resonance happen in the theatre. Especially I feel so connected with actors when I was an audience.

About the situation about the actors as artists start from page 31. I think this observation interesting that this phenomena happen not in theatre sphere, but other form of art. People, or so called artists get lost in their life. They tried to search and  keep a regular drill on certain direction but still lost at the end.