Synopsis McKeever..notes..page1

Michael's Notes

As a playwright, there is only one rule that I follow religiously: keep it honest. Whether I'm writing about Tsarist Russia or Nazi Germany or present day South Beach, I've always found it absolutely necessary to work from a place of truth. Without truth, without honesty, characters tend to fall apart. They tend to become less than human. They tend to become caricatures. That's not good. The structure of a play, the development of its various subplots and characters are all important. But unless those subplots and characters are based on real human feelings and reactions, they'll tend not to connect with an audience. Now, one might wonder how to find honesty and truth in characters that lived in a period that ended decades before we were even born. The answer, at least for myself, is simple. The honesty of a character lies within the human condition. And the human condition has been around a long time. It is part of all of us. It's what moves us to do what we do. It's what makes us what we are. The period and place in which a character lives are just dressing. Good research covers those. Once we recognize this, and apply it to our characters, they tend to come out more human. More accessible. So no matter when or where they live, they'll connect with the audience. And that's good...*END

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