The selected theatrical production is “Foxfinder”. “Foxfinder” is a drama that acted live in many states in the United States and major European theatres. The play was written by Dawn King and directed by Domaso Rodriguez. The plot started with a government agent sent by the state authority to a couple in a small farming community. He was sent to determine what the couple could do with their farm. The development of the rest of the plot presented a rural English setting. The plot involved interaction between farmers with characters that were well organized to align with the setting.
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Reflection of Themes
The lighting of the stage was remarkably balanced to represent a farmhouse and the intentions of the playwright. Behind the farmhouse, there are farm structures surrounded by woods and encroaching trees spread all over. The initial setting shows a chilling and peaceful environment provided by Mother Earth. The conversation between the couple and the government agent represented the interaction between the state and the small farming community. Structures on the stage were well placed except for the doors that were awkwardly set with hidden entrances and unclear exits. However, the structures did not significantly affect the delivery of the script.
Actors in the drama were constantly exiting from the doors and used one exit, which made their movements on stage predictable. Coordination of the scenes and change of characters on stage was poor because of unclear stage props. Additionally, many scenes were acted out of the doors, which affected the attention of the audience. However, coordination of the rest of the stage was perfectly and appropriately done in a theatre setup.
The theme of human interaction in a social set up was well executed by the superb characterization of the play. Women characters in the play brought a theatrical balance on the stage. Sara Hennessy, the wife of the farmer mended well with her husband and connected perfectly with her friend Amanda Soden on stage. Hennessy also brought the feeling of companionship to her husband. This relationship is evident in their conversation before and after the visit by the government agent. The former represents the theme of hard work in efforts to make the farms productive.
The theme of operating in a parallel world was well brought out by the costumes and makeup of characters, which were perfectly used to reflect the playwright’s intentions. Farmers perfectly represented their rural farming context in their Wellington boots. At the same time, the government official was in a clean office suit to represent his job. It is worth noting that female actors had appropriate hairstyles that suited different aspects of the play.
In comparison to the drama “From Morning to Midnight”, “Foxfinder” had a superior act and superb characterization. The theatrical production was clearer and had a superior director and playwright. However, stage coordination was inferior to many other plays, such as “From Morning to Midnight”. In comparison to the film version, this production was more realistic in presenting original themes of the playwright. It represents the imperfect world and the audience identifies with the characters better. However, the film version of the play is more coordinated and has an entertaining flow of events on stage. Also, the film version is attractive to the audience particularly during the change of scenes. Despite that, “Foxfinder” was well produced and was enjoyable to watch.