Animal Play

In honor—sort of, sideways—of Groundhog Day1, here is a zoological playwrighting exercise.

  1. Write a scene for three non-human animals. (Make these characters original; i.e. no Simba, no Babe, no Gromit, etc.) They can all have human intelligence and talk, but they must retain the fullness of their bestial natures.

  2. Revise the scene for human characters, adding a human situation and setting—but keep as much of the original dialogue as possible intact. You may sublimate specific lines and actions when the only alternative is gaudiness or utter violation of character, but make every effort to keep, one way or another, all the animality of the first version.

 


  1. According to AccuWeather, Punxsutawney Phil has an 80% accuracy rate. According to Punxsutawney Phil, AccuWeather’s biting, blustery forecast for this February and March, 2013, is hot air. Early spring this year, says Phil. 

 

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