• 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Charity for the Rich? (Dramaturg’s Note Continuted)

    by Bianca Dillard, dramaturg Holiday was produced in 1928, just 9 months before the stock market crash. In a play that explores the effect of money on families and individuals, this detail seems particularly important. What could have happened to Edward Seton, big bank capitalist, after the stock market crash of 1929?  (For more info on this question as it relates to the characters of Edward as well as Johnny check out my dramaturg’s note page 11.) “Any charity work I do from now on is going to be for the rich, they need it more.” – Linda Seton, Holiday. While Linda’s comment may have been in jest, there was a…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Obscure Cultural References–Everyone a Dramaturg!

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg Every play is a product of a specific time and place and has references specific to that cultural milieu. As a dramaturg, these “little” references can prove especially difficult if the lingo from the time your play was set has not been carried down, or if it’s not something that was commonly enough referenced for the explanation to be written down. And, unfortunately, so far, nobody’s put together The Complete and Annotated Works of Philip Barry (I guess he’s not as famous or important as Shakespeare), so all we have is the text itself, which means we have to look elsewhere to decode cultural references…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  Holiday

    Holiday?

    by Bianca Morrison Dillard, dramaturg When people ask me what project I’m working on, I’ve gotten used to saying,  “Holiday—it’s by the same guy who wrote The Philadelphia Story.”  This statement is quickly followed by signs of recognition—usually an “Oh!” combined with a smile and nod of the head. Then I talk about how, like The Philadelphia Story, Holiday is a witty romantic sort of comedy, about the American upper-class. I mention how it too has some sweet-hearted and thought-provoking twists along the way. Next, I usually remind them that Holiday is a Hollywood classic in its own right and that they may have seen the 1938 version starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Like these classic movies,…