It was great meeting you all today, as we began Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
The précis of Fairview informs us that “Act One appears to be a comedic family drama.”
As we discussed this morning, the play — from its title to its epigraph to its stage directions to its dialogue — interrogates the gaze, the spectacle, even surveillance. It challenges us to challenge the act of looking and the position of being looked at. For class this morning, regarding the opening stage directions and dialogue, as well as the front matter that is usually regarded as extraneous to the text of the play, your questions were:
- Which stage direction is the most challenging to interpret and play out?
- How do you propose to make Act One “appear. . . comedic,” to prompt laughter?
Your task now is to extend these questions to the rest of Act One. In your ~150-word responses, try to discuss a part of the text that occurs after what we discussed today, of course incorporating this morning’s discussion as you deem relevant. Your responses should be grounded in the text, preferably quoting and interpreting what you quote. All semester, they will be due at noon Wednesdays; as such, responses to this prompt are due at noon, January 15.