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"Our important new character in Hawking part 4"

I am busily working away at my plan to have Mrs. Hawking part 4—tentatively titled Gilded Cages —ready to go into rehearsal by the end of the summer. That means all this month Bernie and I have been working on the outline for the story, as I like to get the structure and shape of it down before I actually start drafting.

As I’ve mentioned, one of the toughest parts of this piece is dealing with the presence of Victorian colonialism. It’s a major factor in this story, and I want exploring the issues that stem from it to have an important place in the story’s theme. Without revealing too much, I will say we’re including a character who is an indigenous resident of a colonized place in Asia. It is incumbent upon us to be as respectful as possible in that character’s portrayal. This is particularly challenging because we will be adding this character to an already established cast, where the protagonist is a white woman. Even under the best of circumstances, there is a very real danger of what I refer to as my theory of The Problem of the Protagonist— in short, where the centrality of your main character necessitates subordination of any other character’s story, which can result in those supporting roles’ marginalization or dehumanization.

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Date: 2017-06-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm amused (if unsurprised) at how much your rules for the character resemble my usual rules for all LARP characters, especially in games that *do* have a dangerously "main" character. (Eg, The Future of Oz or Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne and The Perfect Construct.)

One of the interesting differences between writing for LARP vs. theater is that a "minor" character in LARP is (by my lights, anyway) a bug by definition, whereas they're sometimes a necessity in theater. It hadn't previously occurred to me how much care you have to place on balancing that for characters in your plays...

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