Considering titles and landscape in plays…


One of the most provocative things about playwriting, for me, even the most time consuming, so-to-speak, is coming up with a title. In revising some beginning scenes for my new play, which takes place in New Mexico and deals with a passion of mine–art, I’m considering looking into Romanticism as a thread. A few of the components of that time period could include Neo-classicism, Nature, and Impressionism. I haven’t yet decided on which one to pick. And in terms of titles, I’ve been able to come up with one–although it may change and obviously refine itself. With titles also comes the need for formatting, which has actually helped me to align thoughts and ideas, inadvertently creating more ideas for me to consider even though this consideration is based on technicality.

What was also profitable was getting some more insight into regional landscapes in terms of thinking about titles, specifically the Pacific Northwest: Vancouver (British Columbia) Oregon, Alaska, and California from the 2014 AWP Conference in Seattle. Most of the focus, however, was on Vancouver; but there were effective comparisons to the East and West Coast. What was good was listening to the speakers discuss the many fruitful opportunities available for theatre in Vancouver and I really liked the discussion of oceanic color pigmentation as symbolic of storytelling. There was a discussion over cityscape, the city as being multi-tasking and simplistic through imagery, rhythm, and scenography; and this continued to let me know that drama is indeed active, moreover there continues to be the landscaped theme of “restlessness,” that there continues to be an alienation or loneliness to it, a comfort rather with the empowerment of land and what it can do to develop ideas and creativity. Landscape can provoke and break psychological barriers considering space, time, and topography and that there is prolific ecology to the nature of landscape.


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