Hotel Cassiopeia

Hotel Cassiopeia - Molly Shifrin PHL 241 Tuesday, February...

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Molly Shifrin PHL 241 Tuesday, February 24, 2009 “Hotel Cassiopeia” Response Paper “Hotel Cassiopeia” had a very experimental nature, reflecting directly the art of its central character’s work, Joseph Cornell. I think that the play was very successful in telling about different facets of Cornell’s life. His brother, for example, played a key role in the play, appropriately represented by a rocking chair, which corresponds with his cerebral palsy. Cornell was often his brother’s main caretaker and you could tell his obvious devotion to this role when, throughout the play, he scrambled to please his brother at any chance. The setting of the play itself was very reflective of Cornell’s art. He is known for creating ‘boxes’ which contain an assortment of bric-a-brac that Cornell has collected. The theatre in which the play was performed was not an auditorium, but a small black box stage. Everywhere around the audience and performers, various things such as branches and ribbons and other such things that would catch Cornell’s eye. The
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