Script Analysis: HP Lovecraft

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The style of the scripts are a somewhat realistic reflection on the works of HP Lovecraft. His written style often delved deeply into the metaphysical and conceptual creation of creatures and their subjective effect on humans and their mind. His works were often short stories, that fell into his self termed genre of weird horror or weird fiction. (ref mountain of madness)
The playwright is one of the acting factory’s directors Mitchell Rist. The four plays (The Unnameable, The Quest for Iranon, Pickman’s Model and the Music of Eric Zahnn) were adapted from shorter works by HP Lovecraft as part of the acting factory’s horror season. Mitchell Rist has adapted multiple works of horror plays to text adaptation including Jekyll
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It brings into question the very world that it is set in and the nature of reality itself. Also by extension the nature of theatre inasmuch as it acknowledge itself as a piece of theatre. I play the role of Archon the librarian in the city of Teloth. Archon represents the complacent mind that is happy to be satisfied with simple yet solid knowledge. Explanations that are presented to Archon don’t go beyond the ideas that will challenge a mind.
The story of ‘The Unnameable’ (ref) was loosely based upon a relationship Lovecraft developed with a young author Robert Barlow in 1931 (ref). In The Unnameable I play the role of Joelene Manton who is is very similar to the character of Archon in The Quest for Iranon, inasmuch as Joelene Manton is the antagonist of the piece who comes into direct conflict with the main character Randolf Carter. The narrative is centred around a discourse with Carter, that arises purely out of a need for an obstacle to be created in order to overcome and explore less tangible aspects of the
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Eric Zahn is a character that is very sardonic in the way he views our world, only to discover a window into a world that is full of demons and ghosts. In the original text the other-worldly beings were described as demons bacchae and satyrs. That the three draw from different mythologies, but are placed into the same story highlights the idea of the an intentional unreliable protagonist. This is played with a deliberate juxtaposition of realism. The audience will experience the play opening very starkly within a realistic world and piece by piece ethereal aspects are being introduced and incorporeal ideas are being presented. By the time Eric Zahns music reaches a climax, the world fully develops into an ethereal world of intangibility. I play the role of the Deamon in the play. My character is representative of the entire ethereal world which hinges upon the madness in which Eric Zahnn finds himself. In the original short story by HP Lovecraft, Eric Zahnn can see and hear beings that have no shape or form. As he’s attempting to describe them, he tries to use lights and sounds and that are essentially what the demons in this production

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