This week we spread the love for Magic Fairy in the Microwave by Dara Murphy. Recorded live at the 2012 TETA Conference in Houston, Texas.
Lindsay: Welcome to Spread the Love!
Today, we are talking about Magic Fairy in the Microwave by Dara Murphy.
I think the description of this play says it all. “This is a fast physical extravaganza with guns, knives, and blood. Kittens will be harmed. You have been warned.”
Craig, what do you think about Magic Fairy in the Microwave?
Craig: I’m not a big fan of horror movies, I’m not a big fan of violence, but I am a big fan of Magic Fairy in the Microwave, and that’s because the violence in it isn’t real. It’s over-the-top. It’s beyond parody to the point of ridiculousness.
She has this great note in the beginning of the script. She says, “Feel free to make the fight scenes as bloody as you’d like.” I love it!
Lindsay, what do you love about Magic Fairy in the Microwave?
Lindsay: Okay. We have gone so far into the realm of “we cannot show anything violent on stage” for the fear that everyone will do it in real life, and Magic Fairy really explores this notion of theatrical violence. It’s not violence for violence’s sake. It is theatrical and that is the key.
On that note, if you’re interested in exploring physical action with your students, you want a play that really gets into stage combat, this is the one. Pick it up. Give it a read.
But remember, kittens will be harmed. You have been warned.