Intro to Theatre - THE2000 Final Review Guide Spring 2011 Dr Osborne Plays\/Viewings The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(FSU School of Theatre

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THE2000 – Final Review Guide Spring 2011 Dr. Osborne Plays/Viewings The 25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (FSU School of Theatre production) o Slightly off-kilter world; actors partaking in spelling bee at a school, audience participation encouraged. Pandemonium aspect to the entire play, lighting and music really enhance all of the acting. Los Vendidos (by Luis Valdez, performed by El Teatro Campesino) o Shop for purchasing various kinds of Mexican-Americans, all with special features (some are gangsters, some romantics, some old-western, etc); turns out the shop owner is the only robot and all the rest are pretending to be statues, and the Mexican-Americans are placing themselves in government offices across the country in order to take over from the inside out. Has all stereotypes of Mexican-Americans and exaggerated them to make their point. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes (Part I: Millennium Approaches) (by Tony Kushner) o Deals with religion, sexuality, politics, etc; Set in NYC in mid-1980s; Louis Ironson, a gay Jew, learns his lover, Prior Walter, has AIDS. As the play/Prior's illness progress, Louis becomes unable to cope and moves out. Meanwhile, closeted homosexual Mormon and Republican law clerk Joe Pitt is offered a major promotion by his mentor Roy Cohn. Joe doesn't immediately take the job because he feels he has to check with his drug-addicted, crazy wife, Harper, who is unwilling to move. Roy is himself a closeted gay, and discovers that he has AIDS. Joe does not know of Roy's illness at this time. Prior is visited by ghosts and an angel who proclaim him to be a prophet; Joe finds himself struggling to reconcile his religion with his sexuality; Louis struggles with his guilt about leaving Prior and begins a relationship with Joe; Harper's mental health deteriorates as she realizes that Joe is gay; Joe's mother, Hannah, moves to NY to attempt to look after Harper and meets Prior after a failed attempt by Prior to confront Hannah's son; Harper begins to separate from Joe whom she has depended upon and finds strength she was unaware of; and Roy finds himself in the hospital, reduced to the companionship of the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg and his nurse, Belize, a former drag queen and Prior's best friend, who meanwhile has to deal with Louis's constant demands for updates on Prior's health. o Clip from in class : Prior talks about his favorite place in NY with the statue of Bethesda (came down in Jerusalem and touched the ground with her foot. A fountain sprang up that healed anyone who walked through it, but when the temple there was destroyed the fountain ran dry), Hannah and Belize and Louis all tell about the fountain and that they will all bathe in it when the Millennium comes and the fountain flows again. Much more optimistic view of the future, much more of a happy ending.

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