Displays a play!
Circles of Perception
entitled 'The New Play'. Very personal, very experimental and not
intended for performance.
While trying to write The Old Ones the author developed
writer's block. Accompanying this block was a profound urge not
to write plays the old way. He was "…tired of the conventional
stage with actors coming on and off, sets changing, slightly different
characters with slightly different names …I decided to call
everyone by their real name ... the play is about people and events
I imagined were causing the block… technically ambitious I
used everything - slides, films, the Czech device of 'Laterna Magica'
all this - how can I concentrate sufficiently to write a play? There's
another factor. This dreaded 'writer's block' is being inflamed by
'fiction fatigue'. I'm tired of inventing fictitious characters with
fictitious names, engaging in face-lifts, nose-jobs, bone-restructures,
all to hide my characters' original progenitors. So I'm writing this
play about a play I can't write, and an irresponsible wildness of
spirit has descended upon me. What, I ask myself, if I write a play
in which everyone is named? Arnold would be called Arnold, Dusty would
be called Dusty, Leah, my mother, called Leah? Perhaps if I could,
just once, be relieved of the need for pretence, the block would shift.
Perhaps. It's an interesting proposition, Arnold. Try it."