CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Director's Note | volume
One of the most generous
things about Clay Chapman as a writer is that he writes no stage directions—as
far as he is concerned, the writer's job ends with the characters'
voices. I have
attempted to add some stage directions so that you, the reader, can get
some sense of what we did in our particular version of the play. So feel
free to disregard all of it if you should be fortunate enough to produce
the play yourself. The text is extremely flexible, from how the roles
are divided to how they are performed to how the show is staged.
In the Richmond production, the first Physician's
monologue was divided amongst the female cast members as a kind of choral
piece. The full cast
recited the italicized lines, with the women alternating at every new
paragraph. The Bleeding Nun was divided amongst the full cast.
audience members (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5)
parents (#1, #2, #3)
children (#1, #2, #3)
the bleeding nun