Staging And Setting In Mark Lambeck’s Intervention

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In Mark Lambeck’s drama, Intervention, he uses three of the four main characters to illustrate how society has become addicted and reliant on cell phones. The majority of the dialogue is isolated to the characters being on their cell phones. He emphasizes society’s dependency on cell phones with a unique approach to staging his characters and a setting that anyone could find themselves in. Lambeck uses the drama’s staging and setting to relay cell phones’ effect on society by connecting characters in a different way and further connecting the play to its audience.
Mark Lambeck uses the drama’s setting to relate Intervention to the audience. Specifically, he uses a vague yet understandable ...view middle of the document...

All the characters are connected through their phone conversations rather than their physical locations.
All the characters are simultaneously on the phone with one another, often with more than one person, Mike tells Julia, “I know. I have her [Amy] on the other line right now” (1058). Its unique that multiple conversations are all happening at once. The audience has to carefully pay attention to who is saying what and to whom. It is also unusual that some of the conversations that go on happen with characters that the audience never meets. Julia finds herself on the phone with Chuck and Ian in many circumstances yet the audience never sees either one (1060). The audience only has what the visual characters have to say to go by.
The staging is also helps to further connect the audience to the story. The staging and plot line are story that everyone can relate to. Its an everyday event for almost anyone in today’s society. It is to find oneself on the phone, with multiple people, planning a meeting or event. Lambeck’s opening conversation is the planning of the meeting up of all the characters:
Julia: He’s coming
Mike: How’d she do it?
Julia: She told him it...

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