Analysis on Will Power’s Play: Fetch Clay, Make Man
Fetch Clay, Make Man Response Paper
While watching Fetch Clay, Make Man, and during the conversation we had with the stage manager, I connected a lot of what we had mentioned in class with what I saw and heard. The first thing I noticed during the show was something that was brought up in the in class discussion, and that was the fringe that was hanging from both sides of the stage. The moment that a transition started to happen where furniture moved through the fringe, I immediately thought about how the fringe could catch on something that was moving through. Luckily, on the night that I went to see the show, the fringe didn’t get caught on the furniture after it was pulled back. I actually thought, while seeing the show, “that’s something that went in to the run book,” referencing the management of the fringe after a transition.
Another thing that the fringe brought up is the communication between the stage manager and the assistant stage manager during the run of a show. We talked in class about how important being able to have a good line of communication between the SM team is, especially because after the rehearsal process, the SM and the ASM are no longer side by side. Hearing about how the SM and the ASM, during the performances, were able to discuss, and even joke a little, about the fringe showed to me how well their SM team was able to communicate during the run of the show. I also think that because they have worked together before, it made it easier to keep up that level of communication. This also brings up a point that was made really early in the semester, that making good relationships with the people you work with on a show will only help going forward. It was clear that the good relationships that the SM team share was very beneficial to a successful run. In addition, because they were able to joke about the fringe in a lighthearted way, they did another thing that we discussed in class, which is to utilize the tenets from Fish!, specifically “Choose Your Attitude.” They could have instead gotten very frustrated at the fringe every time, but instead, by laughing and joking about it, they made dealing with the fringe less of an issue, which made everyone happier and more productive.
Another instance of relationships that I thought of when we discussed the show was the relationships between stage managers during a co-production like Fetch Clay was. This was apparent when she discussed the quality of the work that the other stage manager did on the first leg of the production. I think that not bringing up the quality of the work to the other theatre is a good decision, because doing so now wouldn’t help anything, and might hinder the relationship between Roundhouse and the other theatre.
Also, I thought that it was remarkable how she was able to make her own blocking script and tracking sheet if the original paperwork was missing so much, based only on a recording of the show and a couple of days of rehearsal. While watching the show, I was noting how different items and actors moved on stage in each scene. There were a lot of instances where I consciously thought about the tracking of items on stage. One instance was when Stepin Fetchit left his hat on the couch when there was a flashback transition, and then he went and grabbed it back up after the flashback was over. I was thinking about how we talked about knowing where a prop is at all times, and I thought this was a good example, because if in rehearsal they were to work just the transition back into the present to the end of the scene, it would be important to preset the hat on to the couch, as that is something that will be picked up after the transition was over, which is something that we talked about in class.
As for future shows that I will watch, I will definitely see them differently going forward. I already am noticing the technical elements more as I am watching the show, but now I am actively looking for how the stage manager calls cues as a part of the whole process. I am also thinking about how the SM team is communicating, if I see something that would require good communication (like with the fringe in Fetch Clay). Now that I am in this class and are thinking like a stage manager, a lot of the more backstage things are coming to mind as I watch a show.
A Look at the Bible in Regards To the Human Manpower to Overcome Evil and Self-Indulgence
Temptation and Greed
The story of Adam and Eve and their fall from God’s grace in the Garden of Eden is an interesting and debatable one. In the bible, God created the Garden of Eden and create Adam and Eve from Adam’s rib. He told them they may eat from any tree in the garden except the fruit of the tree of knowledge of what’s good and evil. Even after He told them that, He still creates the serpent to influence Eve and Adam into eating the fruit. God, as people perceive Him to be, is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-loving. God should have known that the two human would eat from the fruit if He is indeed all-knowing. However, God did this to test their willpower to withstand temptation and greed, and throughout the bible, God continue to test many people against the two sins.
Temptation and greed are two very horrible traits to possess. God test many people against such sins from the very start of the bible, starting with Adam and Eve. He deliberately plants the tree of knowledge of what is good and evil in the garden and mention it to Adam and Eve. People, in many sense, when they are told not to do something, the urge to go against that is daunting. God is purposely taunting Adam and Eve with this tree, testing to see if they can withstand the temptation to go against His command. Not only that, but God also create the serpent that eventually manipulates Eve into eating from the tree. The serpent told Eve that “ye shall surely not die (King James Version. Genesis 3:3)” if she eats from the tree despite what God had said. Again, God is testing them, except this time, more directly. God create the serpent, and as an all-knowing God, He had known what the serpent would do. Instead of creating a nice, non-manipulating serpent, He creates this instead to test his two human creations against temptation. The serpent serve to tempts Eve into eating that fruit and God test Eve to see if she can continue to resist temptation after she knows that she will not die, and the fear of death gone from her mind. In the end, both Adam and Eve fail the test as they both succumb to temptation. Despite that, God continue to test others against the same sin.
After Adam and Eve fail God’s test, He continue to test other people, one such person is Abraham in Genesis 22. God gave Abraham and his wife one and only son, Isaac. In a test against temptation and greed, God told Abraham to take Isaac to a mountain where he will then have to “offer him there for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:2)”. Abraham is old and he does not have a son, someone to pass on his life to. God gave Abraham the son he had always wanted only to ask Abraham to sacrifice said son. This is another test, one much like Adam’s and Eve’s test. In this test, Abraham must choose between his own greed and temptation of having a son, or sacrifice Isaac and let go of his personal desire for God. It surely was a tough choice for Abraham, but unlike Adam and Eve, Abraham chooses his love for God rather than his love for his only son. In the end, Abraham pass God’s test unlike Adam and Eve. Nonetheless, God did not stop His test there and continue to test others to see if they can overcome temptation.
Another example of God testing his human creation can be seen though Moses and his followers. Through Moses, God help save the people from the Egyptian enslaving them. He show His power by parting the sea for them to pass, the water acting as a “wall onto them” (Exodus 22:29) and upon reaching dry land, God gave them food and water to survive. God answers to the children of Israel and He save them from the Egyptians. He continues to help them, and in some way, this is a test. God wanted to see if they will accept what He has done for them and accept it with grace, or will they fall into greed and temptation and continue to ask for more? Even after all that He has done for them, the Israeli people still continue to ask for more and more. In this respect, they have fail God’s test. They let greed rule over them instead of being thankful for what they already have.
In the bible, God has test many people, wanting to know if they will overcome their temptation and greed, like Abraham did, or will yield to it like Adam and Eve and the people of Israel. They were not the only one test. Throughout the bible, God continue to test many more people against such sins. This is God test and even today, many continue to fail rather then succeed.