Terrence McNally Writing Styles in Master Class

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Both acts share the same basic structure. In its essentials, act one consists of Maria's interaction with the first student, the soprano Sophie de Palma, followed by a long monologue in which Maria recalls events from her life. In the original New York production, Zoe Caldwell, who played Maria, stood alone in the light on a darkened stage for this reminiscence, which includes her relationship with Aristotle Onassis, during which he asks her to bear his child, and one of her great triumphs at La Scala. As La Scala is recalled, the interior of the famous opera house is projected on the back of the stage. The entire reminiscence is accompanied by a recording of the historical Maria Callas singing the same aria (Amina's from La Sonnambula) that Sophie has been attempting. Act two contains Maria's session with the second young soprano, Sharon Graham, which is split into...

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