Traveler in the Dark

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As one grows older, the problems he or she is confronted with cannot easily be hugged and kissed away as one could as a child. Religion can present such problems; problems that torment and that are not easily resolved, such as in the play “Traveler in the Dark” by Marsha Norman. “Traveler in the Dark” published in 1984, presents the audience with a man that seems to have an ethnocentric view of life, mainly focusing on the aspects of religion. Internal conflicts such as the one in “Traveler in the Dark,” are not uncommon plots in Norman’s plays. The 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “‘night, Mother,” has a Jesse, the leading lady, deal with internal conflicts that lead her to end her life in her bedroom, at her mother’s house. Norman’s play, “‘night, Mother,” was one of her most renowned productions that opened at the Royale Theater on Broadway September 14, 2004 and closed January 9, 2005 with sixty-five performances and twenty-six previews. The Pulitzer Prize play also received four Tony nominations one for best play, two for best actress in the play, and one for best director. “The Color Purple,” also one of Norman’s plays, has a dilemma with the self, learning accept love to help learn about one’s self. “Traveler in the Dark,” acquires the audience to keep an aesthetic distance in order to grasp a clear understand of both the one with the dilemma as well as the family members that are affected with the roller-coaster thoughts of the leading character. “Traveler in the Dark” presents the contemporary audience with scenes of dilemmas that can portray relative events to any individual within the audience’s life. Different interpretations are assumed to be evident; it is Sam’s nature to have such obscurities of religion grant each... ... middle of paper ... ... be realistic, one must look in deeper to the self, find an event that can be similar to Glory’s case and grow from that. With practice, that emotion will reach its’ potential and be ready to perform in front of an audience. Thoroughly reading the play, one gains a deeper understanding of the process an actor or actress must take to fit into character. It takes dedication to obtain an emotional climax if the script asks for it. Reading the text, for the first and second time one pictures the play, feels for the ones that are displaying despair, or seeking love from another. The writing is what makes the play, the actors portray the writing, but it is how it is written that makes a play successful. Only picturing the play in my head, I connected with the characters, such as Glory, she express such raw emotion that I could not help but to feel the emotion with her.
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