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In the scene where Isobel recreates her father's death, the actor playing Laura's...

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pashti | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 27, 2013 at 2:47 AM via web

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In the scene where Isobel recreates her father's death, the actor playing Laura's Husband, George, transforms into Isobel's mother, Maria. Why does Thompson arranged that transformation and what are the effects of other instances of multiple-casting in the play in Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 27, 2013 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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The original casting directions of the play called for a cast composed of four women and two men, a cast of six. Yet there are twenty-eight (or twenty-nine) speaking roles. Thus all actors but the one playing Isobel take on multiple characters. The actor playing George and Maria also plays other roles:

Scalato, Timmy, George, Maria, David, Rodney, Ben (Wikipedia)

Thompson revealed that the objective behind the structure of her play is to reveal the fluidity of the characters lives in all other lives in the neighborhood. This is why characters move fluidly, accompanied by music, from one scene to another. This fluid interconnectedness of characters and lives is underscored by multiplicities of roles played by each actor.

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