Soap Opera Version
Write a brief outline of how Strange Interlude could be changed into a soap opera for a modern audience. What elements of the current script lend itself to this?
See about obtaining the 1988 television film adaptation of the play and watching sections of this in class. Students should write about how the adaptation is similar and different than the stage version. The 1988 television version, directed by Herbert Wise, was based on a 1985 London stage revival and starred Glenda Jackson as Nina and David Dukes as Ned (with Kenneth Branagh in the small part of Gordon Evans). This version follows O'Neill's original text fairly closely and allows the actors to speak their soliloquies naturally in the manner of the stage production.
Ask students to look in their local newspaper for an article that involves some aspect of the play and bring it...
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