by Ariel Mitchell, dramaturg
Over the course of devising, we have become very attached to certain ideas, interviews and moments. Some of these include a couple who posted a plea on Craigslist for their missing Chihuahua, while warning potential finders not to touch him, or a guy we met at the BYU Creamery on 9th who enthusiastically relayed his story of his lost water bottle (which we then turned into an epic rap battle).
We are fond of these moments and people we have come to know and love.
But, unfortunately, we have too many wonderful moments to fit into our 30-35 minute play.
That means one thing… It’s time to kill our babies.
As a class we sat down and listed all of the moments we liked. Then we looked at out main organizing principle, or theme, we want to pursue: how do we deal with loss? Looking back at our moments, we threw out the ones that didn’t explore this concept: stories about things people had lost rather than how they dealt with the loss itself. Unfortunately, that means that the water bottle rap battle didn’t make the cut.
This list of moments will be given to the writers and they will work out the nitty-gritty details of transitions and the creation of a cohesive whole.
Although these cherished moments have been cut from the script, they will live forever in our hearts.
And maybe on youtube. 🙂