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Using WeVideo (or another application you're familiar with), create your own play trailer for True West.
Choose a scene from the play to act out with 1 or 2 of your friends.
In a medium of your choosing (illustration, painting, collage, sculpture, design, etc.), create a thoughtful, artistic work. Choose from the following ideas:
Choose this option if you have some art background, experience, or enthusiasm. Do not choose the option if you're just going to print out some Microsoft WordArt and hope for the best.
Tell the story of Lee and Austin in 6 memes, three for each character. I'm looking for "original" meme images, not edited versions of current ones. In other words, don't take the meme of the guy-checking-out-the-other-girl-while-he's-walking-with-his-girlfriend one, and just slap your own words on top. You can certainly be influenced (or reference) familiar memes, just change them a little to make them your own.
Have a different take or idea? Just okay it with me first.
Imagine you were going to put on your own production of True West. Play the role of director and create a production plan that includes the following:
Write an original, short, "one-act" play--more like one "scene."
Here are some suggestions:
Despite our initial impressions of Austin and Lee, Shepard shows us how they both have a "double nature"--that while they may be one type of person most of the time, certain forces beyond their control reveal a whole other side of their personality. Austin might seem like a straight-laced professional type, but by the end of the play he's drunk, strangling his brother, hoping for a life out on the desert. Lee is definitely uncouth, a free spirit who answers to no one, but he still seeks the approval of his brother and thirsts for a more traditional kind of respect--one that might come from writing a screenplay.
What do you think? Do you think we all have a double nature? Are there two (or more) versions of us? Consider your own personality and other people you know really well--your friends or family.
In a thoughtful 1-2 page response, explore the idea of double natures. Show your knowledge of the play. Try out the following suggested outline:
Austin and Lee start with very different approaches to living. Austin lives in the more civilized world, in that he has a job and a family and lives in the suburbs. Lee, on the other hand, lives out on the desert, connected to no one, living on his own. At one point in the play, Shepard shows us how they envy each other a little bit: Lee envies Austin's Ivy League education, his job, his connection to people; Austin envies how Lee lives on his own, answers to no one, and goes on "adventures."
Lee is closely associated with romanticism: an emphasis on individualism; spontaneity; freedom from rules; solitary life rather than life in society; the beliefs that imagination is superior to reason and devotion to beauty; love of and worship of nature; etc.
Austin is closely associated with realism: following the conventions of society; devotion to reason and logic--that things "are what they are"; a belief in pragmatism; devotion to society, to family, to community; etc.
What do you think? Are you more of a romantic--spontaneous, imaginative, your "head in the clouds"? Or are you more of a realist--logical, reasonable, your" feet firmly planted on the ground"? Or are you some combination?
Write a thoughtful 1-2 page response exploring this question. Use your own experiences and observations to answer the question. Show your knowledge of True West as well. Try this suggested outline
Though we don't know for certain what happens to the characters after the events of the play, Austin and Lee, like classical tragic heroes, seem destined to meet the same fate as their father--unable to find happiness, constantly frustrated and angry, living alone in the desert. They seem unable to escape the influence of their upbringing.
What do you think? Is it possible to escape "the past"? Is it possible to escape your family--and its influences?
In a thoughtful 1-2 page response, write a personal essay that explores your take on this question.