Sunday, December 04, 2005

Idiots on my stage

Occassionally in this play of life we encounter characters that in a different context we would loathe for all the right reasons - no personality, no sense of humour, unacceptable maturity levels (low, high or otherwise), unacceptable reactions to intoxicating substances (legal, illegal or otherwise), bad body odour, ownership of cowboy hats...the list could go on. The problem usually stems from the relationship that these unfortunate characters have with a beloved character. At first, one wonders how the beloved could possibly entertain thoughts of friendship with such poor specimens of humanity. Could beloved have some kind of disturbance to the brain stem or a severe case of social loyalty that causes an irrational love for these people? After it becomes clear that the beloved cannot be swayed from these feelings, one must resign oneself to the fact that these untowards must be integrated in your cast of characters and make an appearance on the stage at least weekly - possibly more. The difficulty with these guest appearances is integrating them into the plot with minimal disruption or conflict - particularly when the protagonist is a hot-headed loudmouth. And as head writer and director of my play I am stumped by how to proceed in such a plot. I've tried acting through two storylines - one involves befriending these characters (a high degree of oscar-nominated acting is required here) and the other involves being openly beligerant and judgmental. Neither have adequately resolved the issue, but I'm not sure if anything ever will. Because really, no good story was ever conflict free.
I'll let you know how the story unfolds.

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