Sun. Dec 8th, 2019

Theatrefolk Featured Play – They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras by Dara Murphy

Welcome to our Featured Play Highlight. They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras by Dara Murphy takes the anticipated and turns it upside-down.

The sector believes in uniformity. Pretty rows of blades all the identical peak. Pretty rows of blades exhibiting commonplace behaviour of inexperienced grassness.

Nothing stands in the best way of their orderly life. Till they get up one morning to see a yellow dandelion of their midst. Sunny (that’s the dandelion) is shiny and heat and simply needs to be pals. The sector needs nothing to do along with her nonstandard, non-green methods.

A dandelion will flip their orderly lifestyle upside-down. A dandelion should be destroyed. Isn’t that what you do when one thing is totally different?

Why did we publish this play?
Dara Murphy loves wanting on the darkish aspect of life, at all times with a twist of humour. We love that about her writing.

Additionally, personification is a should at the highschool degree. It’s among the finest methods to get college students out of their shells to tackle a personality that simply doesn’t exist in actual life. Personification is considered one of my favorite theatrical methods. Who doesn’t wish to see speaking grass?

Let’s hear from the writer!

1. Why did you write this play?
Once I was youthful, my household owned a cabin in BC and we might go to pretty usually. It had a big yard and each summer season my mother and I’d spend time pulling out dandelions. After digging up flower after flower, I began to really feel dangerous for the dandelions. I assumed the yellow flowers have been fairly. I puzzled why some vegetation have been labeled weeds and a few vegetation weren’t. One other a part of me discovered the job tedious. Why spend time digging out wholesome vegetation? Who was I to determine if they may stay or die? I began to daydream in regards to the dandelions and what their characters is likely to be like. I ended up writing a brief story about them, and ultimately I tailored that story into this play.

2. Describe the theme in a single or two sentences.
This play is a touch upon the worry and misunderstanding that may happen when somebody totally different strikes right into a neighborhood.

three. What’s a very powerful visible for you on this play?
I see a discipline of grass standing completely at one uniform peak. The specter of the lawnmower has prompted the blades of grass to repeatedly try for order and perfection. Then I see Sunny, the funky, yellow dandelion. Sunny is a person who’s totally different in some ways. The sector glares at Sunny and does its finest to make Sunny really feel utterly unwelcome.

four. Should you might give one piece of recommendation for these producing the play, what wouldn’t it be?
The sector of grass needs to be very full of life and energetic. As a substitute of simply ready for traces, actors can mumble, cheer, shout out, and gossip about what’s occurring.

5. Why is that this play nice for scholar performers?
I believe this play is nice for lots of causes!
• It has a big solid, gender doesn’t matter, and each character will get a second to shine.
• If there are college students who don’t need traces, they will nonetheless take part as blades of grass and have enjoyable reacting with the remainder of the sphere.
• The actors are on stage for your entire time, so there are alternatives for college kids to study ensemble performing.
• The costumes and the set might be easy, but there may be plenty of room for creativity.
• The theme is topical and this might result in essential discussions.

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