Narrative-Based Research for Social Change
Edited By Ahmet Atay and Mary Z. Ashlock
Chapter Six: Retard: Learning to Lean
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Learning to Lean
As a first year doctoral student, I wrote this performance script in response to Dr. Ron Pelias’ call for creative writing submissions for Leaning: Stories of Personal Relationship, a five-person show he directed for the Kleinau Theatre and for the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, 2011. The show consisted of five interwoven personal narratives based on the metaphor of leaning to explore the complexities of personal relationships. Due to my background in theatre arts and my visual process of understanding the world, I include the original stage directions of my creative writing piece. Stage directions and lighting ideas are an important aspect of my creative process, for they add another performative dimension to writing. However, this piece can be staged and performed in many different ways.
Scene: There is an elementary school desk stage left (at the proscenium) and a black block down stage right (also at the proscenium). The black block is a wooden box painted black and commonly used in theatre. These two objects are mid stage and divide upstage from down stage.
(stage lights up, and the character opens the piece standing center stage leaning out toward the audience) ← 93 | 94 →
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