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Pirandello: Six Characters In Search Of An Author Analysis, Dramatic Elements, Dramatis Personae, Themes (With Textual Reference), Genre, Synopsis, Setting

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Six Characters in Search of an AuthorBy: Luigi PirandelloGENRE: Italian Drama - theatre of the grotesqueSETTING: Daytime, the present, the stage of a theatreTHEMES: How does one define reality/truth?"At least admit that the actress who will play her will be less true than what you see before your very eyes" (Father, II)DRAMATIS PERSONAE:THE CHARACTERSTHE COMPANYFatherDirectorMotherLeading ManStepdaughterLeading LadySonSecond Female LeadBoy (mute role)IngenueLittle Girl (mute role)JuvenileMadam PaceOld Character LadyOther Actors and ActressesStage Door ManFirst Stage ManagerSecond Stage ManagerStagehandsRoles for 9 men and 8 women plus other minor characters.SYNOPSIS:A theatre company is preparing to rehearse one of Pirandello's plays, "which no one understood when it was written and which makes even less sense today" (Director, I). Before they are able to begin, however, the Characters enter and explain who they are, and that the author that created them had not been able to finish their play, and that they were in search of someone who would help them by finishing the job.The director agrees, and the characters tell their story, demonstrating scenes that were to be played. Not long after the first scene is played, it appears that there is some disagreement between the Characters and the Company, regarding the direction that the scenes should take. The Characters argue that they way that the Company play their roles is not "real" enough, not "true" enough. Contrariwise, the Director argues that some license must be allowed for the physical and temporal restrictions that stage production puts on their "reality."The Characters insist on continuing their demonstration, culminating in the suicide of the Boy. The Company is horrified, some believing the child to be truly dead, others insisting that it was a trick. The Father replies to their questions with "What do you mean, a trick? It is reality, reality, ladies and gentlemen! Reality!" (Father, III). The Director, horrified and confused, calls for lights. When the lights have come up, the Characters are gone. Exasperated, the Director cries, "They've cost me a whole day of rehearsal!"DRAMATIC ELEMENTS:Point of Inciting Interest: The Characters appear during rehearsal and reveal that they are seeking someone to tell their story. The director agrees to help.Major Crises:*The Director realizes that the Characters are not actors looking to rehearse, and that they expect him to serve as their author and write their play. After some discussion with the Father, he agrees to continue.*At several points during the play, the Director is confronted with situations in which the Characters are unhappy with the scenery or the look or performance of the actors, or the direction that the Director is giving. Each time, there ensues a discussion on the "reality" of what the Company is portraying, versus the reality of the Characters' story. Each time, the Characters eventually decide, reluctantly, to accept a...

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