Working on the play today

7 Apr

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I’m working on “The Stand” today. It is a stage adaptation of Boule de Suif, a short story by the French author, Guy de Maupassant. His story was set in France during the Prussian invasion. “The Stand” is set in Savanna, GA in late December, 1864, during Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea late in the Civil War.

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3 Responses to “Working on the play today”

  1. Shakti Ghosal April 10, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    The Stand does sound interesting. But doing a stage adaptation of a historical event can be challenging. Wish you all success.

    Shakti

    • skipmars April 10, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      I think the similarities of the setting in France and the March to the Sea allow for the story to move a bit easier. A vintner, a producer of ginned cotton, and a very rich man and his wife are de Maupassant’s elite part of the story. The two nuns are a stretch, however they are headed to work in hospital to address the needs of the wounded. The boule herself is a successful madam — that’s not a problem either. Cournudet becomes a gambler.

      Much of the actual history, including locations, plays very nicely into the adaptation.

      Difficult? Yes. Researching background, checking dialogue and dialect are — to me — part of the process.

      The story is the strong part. And that I owe to the author.

    • skipmars April 10, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      Do you have theater background? When the rough draft is ready, would you like to read and comment?

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