Managed to finish a project that I had wanted to do for a while – adapt Gabriel García Márquez’s short story “The Woman Who Came At Six O’Clock” into a short play. Bought a collection of his short stories while I was in Darjeeling and spent so much of my time in India reading and rereading that book. Took it with me when I went to the hospital. But I read this story and as it is it is practically a play already. Found a copy of the original in Spanish and did my own translation of it. So that’s done – if you’re interested in reading drop me a line.
One other story from that collection, it comes right after “six o’clock,” is “Eyes of a Blue Dog.” It’s a dream play, a couple how can meet only in dreams, and the woman writes the phrase ‘eyes of a blue dog’ on every surface in the waking world in hopes that they will find each other, but whenever he wakes he cannot remember anything at all. surreal and repeating and beautiful, dialogue and situation are so simple and natural – but it wouldn’t work as a play even though the script is already perfectly there, because you have to play with time and connection and image in a way that requires editing, the mixing of messages that’s possible only in film. if i ever direct a short film i want it to be of this story.
so at least that’s something. ‘in itself’ is at least half-written in rough draft; read over some of it today and the opening scene is crap, it feels like. going to have to throw in more action sooner, less introduction. at least i know more or less how the first act works… i know how the second act starts, have an idea for how it ends, not how those two connect.
maybe this is going to be longer than i thought.
edit: wow ok restructuring ‘in itself’ significantly, or at least planned more things out – i know for a fact now that i will not get this done by the end of the semester, so i can stop putting quite as much time into it before finals week. this is going to take a while. i’ve done a lot but there’s a lot more to do, many many many more drafts until it is done. unfortunately i think i’m going to have to drop georges de la tour; there just isn’t room for a painter in this play. maybe that’s for another project dealing with the relationship between iconography/the creation of art – who is the subject, the model or the character the model is being framed as representing?
i like the idea of theater based on other works. maybe because i’m too lazy to think up of a plot entirely by myself, i just like cutting and pasting and exploring things that already exist. there’s so much already out there…
but we’ll see.