Sunday, November 27, 2011

Update on "The Spinning Wheel

Hey Gang! Update on "The Spinning Wheel"

After getting a boost of inspiration, I have begun the initial stages of writing "The Spinning Wheel." Already, it's becoming very creepy. Initially, I imagined this would be a story of one woman's rise to power, but things have changed severely. It is now a famous artist who has let a creepy grotesque fan do her work for her. She wants to stop, but the prospect of becoming anobody again is to much for her to bear. That's when the fan reveals that he has been "investing" in her love and life and that he has come to collect. I feel that this stays truer to the source material, but gives it just enough of a twist to be unique. When I first read Rumpelstiltskin, I was always scared of this little "imp" who seems to know and be in control of situation to begin with. I think it's important to communicate to the audience that they are arriving in the MIDDLE of the game as opposed to the beginning. This Rumpelstiltskin-esque antagonist has to be in control the entire time. To do this, I am greatly inspired by the picture to the left of this text. It's from the book that I first read the legend from and I also refer to it in the play (which is a little easter egg for myself). Notice how he is working intently and she gazes on with what I feel is admiration for the work he's doing. There is a type of glee in her eyes as well as his. With her, I feel she is excited by the fact that she is going to survive the night and not be seen as a liar to the king. She is also excited by the possibilities of what could happen if this little man continued to create golden thread for her. For him, it appears as if he's seeing the world ten years ahead of schedule. He knows where this game is leading to and he is relishing at the idea that this girl is so seduced by success that he truly has no fear when he tells her to guess his name; knowing that her mind is so lost that he can do no wrong.

I've been trying to figure out what the "seed" of this play should be and I'm thinking it is a question of three things:

  • What is the price of love?
  • Is fame worth the price of your soul?
  • What is happiness?
I look forward to exploring these questions as I continue to work on this blog. I'm also very excited to develop the "puzzle" that the antagonist poses to the main character. Obviously, it can't be the same riddle of figuring out the person's name so it is up to me to figure out how the puzzle comes into play without being incredibly random. It's important to note that this play has no paranormal activity. I believe that's how we (the playwrights of this challenge) separate our work from that of their source material.

As I continue to work I will keep you all updated on my progress!!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The First Challenge: The Grimm Challenge

*Edit by Anna, Jan. 5, 2012: Some changes have been made to the challenge. See here.