Rankin

Playwright Summary

Rankin follows the story of Jeanette Rankin's first year in Congress from voting no to the first world war, fighting for better working conditions, and taking on the Copper industry.

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Comments:

"I understand why the voiceovers in the beginning, but I do worry about that being the beginning of the show. I personally don't think voiceovers are a good start, but that is just personal preference. I do really enjoy how this jumps right into the conflict and who Jeanette is and who she surrounds herself with. It is a strong start, especially for the characters introduced. The characters are strong and well written so they really isn't any confusion about who the are thus far as people and they feel like real people, not just characters"

"Great historical idea! I really like that these two Rankin plays are written like a series, but one written as dialog with the second one presented in sort of a docudrama format (In the beginning at least). These two were such amazing historical and political figures in Montana and the United States and yet little is brought to the public about them and their achievements. Great subject!"

"Historical drama has an entertainment value all its own."

"I think this could really be powerful, especially if we really look at the woman that is Janette Rankin, who made the decision to go against the grain on all fronts. It couldn’t have been easy to take the brunt of flack from colleagues, neighbors, etc. I want to know what struggles emotionally she went through beyond the cliche of being a ‘symbol of peace’. Without that I think it would be difficult to go beyond a simple history lesson."

"Since the character is based on history, it will be easy to depend too much on speeches and interviews that are recorded fact, which is something you will have to be careful about. That said, this is very interesting in that we already have a "feel" for Jeanette and what she stands for. You've given her a voice of her own instead of relying on historical accounts. "

"I like the docu-drama feel. I would have every major character address the audience, or just Jeanette. And to avoid too many voice overs with characters just standing on stage, what if Wilson is standing to the edge of the stage with a spotlight on him. He looks at the audience and says something like "I know what I said during the campaign, but ..." then delivers speech. Treat Wellington's first appearance similarly (says something to the audience while pacing), just to carry it through as a hook."

 

Comments:

"I understand why the voiceovers in the beginning, but I do worry about that being the beginning of the show. I personally don't think voiceovers are a good start, but that is just personal preference. I do really enjoy how this jumps right into the conflict and who Jeanette is and who she surrounds herself with. It is a strong start, especially for the characters introduced. The characters are strong and well written so they really isn't any confusion about who the are thus far as people and they feel like real people, not just characters"

"Great historical idea! I really like that these two Rankin plays are written like a series, but one written as dialog with the second one presented in sort of a docudrama format (In the beginning at least). These two were such amazing historical and political figures in Montana and the United States and yet little is brought to the public about them and their achievements. Great subject!"

"Historical drama has an entertainment value all its own."

"I think this could really be powerful, especially if we really look at the woman that is Janette Rankin, who made the decision to go against the grain on all fronts. It couldn’t have been easy to take the brunt of flack from colleagues, neighbors, etc. I want to know what struggles emotionally she went through beyond the cliche of being a ‘symbol of peace’. Without that I think it would be difficult to go beyond a simple history lesson."

"Since the character is based on history, it will be easy to depend too much on speeches and interviews that are recorded fact, which is something you will have to be careful about. That said, this is very interesting in that we already have a "feel" for Jeanette and what she stands for. You've given her a voice of her own instead of relying on historical accounts. "

"I like the docu-drama feel. I would have every major character address the audience, or just Jeanette. And to avoid too many voice overs with characters just standing on stage, what if Wilson is standing to the edge of the stage with a spotlight on him. He looks at the audience and says something like "I know what I said during the campaign, but ..." then delivers speech. Treat Wellington's first appearance similarly (says something to the audience while pacing), just to carry it through as a hook."

 

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