Objective: Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. The trilogy marks important points in the life of Arnold Beckoff, a homosexual who works as a drag queen in New York City in the early-1980s. The setting is important to almost any work of fiction. This setting, New York in the 1980s, especially around the gay scene works well for these plays. This lesson will look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this play and set it in a small town, explaining how the different setting changes the play.
2. Class discussion. Could this play had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in New York differ from the students'...
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