By Sebastian Faulks
The occasions of Pietro Russell's existence are advised in 26 chapters. From A-Z each one bankruptcy is decided in a distinct position and divulges a fraction of his tale. As his stories flicker from side to side via time in his look for a solution to the conflicts of his lifestyles, his tale steadily unfolds. . .
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Extra resources for A Fool's Alphabet
The phrase is repeated by male, female, and childish voices in varying pitches and tones. Slowly, four spotlights reveal the backs of several figures. ” Again, other voices repeat the phrase as more lights shine on the nine terracotta figures upstage. ” Suddenly, a child’s laughter bursts out and the middle terracotta figure, Heizi, turns around, hops downstage laughing and turning his head sideways in wonder. The mood shift infects the rest of the figures who turn around and look at him up and down in wonder, slowly starting to sing: “la, la, la,” and move their bodies and hands rhythmically.
In some scenes, they “sound out” and “act out” their characters’ thoughts and emotions in cartoonish manner. For example, at the beginning of act 1, on the tenth day of Chou Hu and Jinzi’s wild love, the couple sit together at stage right behind a wire screen—the space for Jinzi’s room—with Chou Hu singing heartily and Jinzi, baring her left shoulder, leaning on him, laughing and deliriously enjoying the moment. Standing to their upper left is the terracotta figure of Chou Hu laughing and exaggeratedly bending his body, touching his belly and f linging his arms.
The other is an all-star high-concept melodramatic version in 2010 directed by Chen Xinyi as part of the Cao Yu centennial celebration. It is an odd mix of high design concept and inadequate treatment of the script’s stylistic dichotomy. Apart from a complete score and new songs, it 36 SIYUAN LIU used elaborate lighting and set design—a style for which Chen is known—that divided the stage into three sections: a raised upper stage behind up-shooting reeds; a middle section with a slanted ramp that is raised and lowered several times in act 3 for Jinzi to drink from a pond; and the front section that serves as the pond or interior scenes.
A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks