Friday, August 10, 2012

Designing The Villain Part 5: The Chaotic Villain

Hello again gang!

I've missed you all so much and hope you have been enjoying the series I've been writing. I've gotten some good feedback from a few of our twitter followers and have engaged in many great discussions about the villains! It makes me sad that this is my last one, but alas, it must be what it is. You'll notice that I have changed the name of this particular Villain type because I feel it suits the villain much better. So, after much waiting and much thought, I present you with my final analysis of Designing Villains. Ladies and Gents... I give you: The Chaotic Villain.

The Joker is the truest sense of the "Chaotic Villain"

After the smash hit "The Dark Knight" released, I'm sure everyone can see why this type of villain is probably the greatest of all time. He/She is great simply because there is no rhyme or reason to anything they do. Sure, they have a goal for the moment, but what makes this villain so terrifying is the fact that their intention can change at a moments notice. Incredibly unpredictable, but there is no doubt that they are evil to the core. On one hand, as an author they are quite easy to create, but one must have some idea of how they came to be the way they are. Even The Joker has a backstory even though he comments that it may or may not be true. The Chaotic Villain has no moral code or overall goal that they want. In fact, the Chaotic Villain may be happy with just causing mayhem and seeing the end result. When writing the Chaotic Villain, it is important to think about how he is viewed by other villains. Within the D.C. Universe, the Joker is the most feared villain of all time. One villain in particular made mention that "When villains want to scare each other, they tell Joker stories." 

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical like money. They can't be bullied, bought or negotiated with. Some men, just want to watch the world burn."- Alfred Pennyworth

What is more frightening than a villain who is feared by other villains? That means that their methods are so out of line, that even the villains we have discussed would say it is a tad over the line. However, this villain does not care. It is important to note that this villain is very much an unstoppable force. Passive attempts at subduing this villain may ultimately result in someone being harmed which creates a very good moral dilemma for your Protagonist. So, how do you stop pure evil? The answer? You don't.
With great Good comes great Evil. The opposite also applies.

Evil can't be truly destroyed any more than you can completely destroy good. Think about this: your antagonist,  regardless of if they survive to the end of the play or story you are writing has changed the lives of the people around him. Perhaps someone will want to destroy the world just as much or perhaps he has inspired a small group to do the same. It sounds bleak, but we must remember that opposite also applies. Evil can never truly consume the world either no matter what someone does. Your protagonist has also inspired great good among his or her peers. Your hero does not have to live at the end of your play to have their overall mission be successful. If even one person learns from his or her attempt at creating peace in the world, the world becomes that much more of a better place. And though good and evil cannot be fully destroyed, they can keep the other at bay for a while. One day, however, that essence, good or evil, will rise again and do battle to see who shall reign supreme. 

I hope you all enjoyed reading this series as much as I have enjoyed writing it. My heart goes out to all those effected by great evil and I want to remind you that when all seems dark, never forget that there is an even greater light in the world.

"The night is darkest just before the dawn.... 
but I promise you...the dawn is coming."- Harvey Dent

-P.O. Marc Laroy

A Busy, Busy Summer!

Hello Play Orphan Fans!

Hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as we are! A lot has been going on as the Play Orphans have all been involved in several theatrical endeavors which range from plays being produced, acting, and teaching! We've been very fortunate to find good work doing what we love to do best! We hope you all have enjoyed a few of the events we've publicized with "The Curse of the Ivory Rose: A Twitter Radio Drama" and the Teenie Tiny Play Festival. If you missed them, don't worry! Our plays are still free to read and we will work to collect a complete transcript of Curse of the Ivory Rose for you to peruse at your leisure.

At the start of the summer, P.O. Levi Shrader went to NYC to see an Off Broadway production of his show! We are proud of Levi and wish him continued New York success in the coming months as he continues to write and prepare for Grad school. More news to come!

P.O. Steven Bailey's play "You've Been Cast!", a short five minute play, is getting rehearsed and will be produced at The Riverside Dinner Theatre in Fredericksburg, Virginia next Friday as a part of their summer camp! P.O. Marcus Salley will be directing the piece with his Acting II (Ages 13-18) students. The girls are very excited to work on the piece and are sure to really bring Steven's vision to life! To read the play, please contact us at theplayorphanage@gmail.com and we will be sure to send you a copy. Also, if you're in the area, please contact us and we will provide you with information to see that play as well as other presentations for the Riverside Theatre Camp.

P.O. Marcus Salley has recently completed his play, "Cracked" which is Part 1 of 3 Part trilogy he is writing chronicling the dark history of his family and their fight for redemption. To read this play, please contact us and we will be sure to send you a copy to peruse and critique. Every little bit helps so do not hesitate! Who knows? You may discover the next play for your season.

How have you been enjoying your summer theatrically? Written a great play or saw some new works that the Play Orphans could learn from? Let us know in the comments section below as we would love to hear from you as well.

That's all for now, folks! For those who are wondering, the conclusion of "Designing the Villain" will be posted tonight!

TTFN!

-P.O. Marc Laroy