This week on Spread the Love, Craig and Lindsay talk about Tuna Fish Eulogy, a ladder play for high school students. Filmed live on location next to the the sea. Well, it’s actually a lake, but use your imagination.
Welcome to this week’s Spread the Love. This week we are by the water talking about Tuna Fish Eulogy. Twelve years after his death, Albert wants answers. The thing is, is he really prepared to hear the truth? This play offers mystery and misery, in quite a challenging theatrical package. Craig, what do you love about Tuna Fish Eulogy?
What I love is that Tuna Fish Eulogy is easily one of our most complicated plays. Traditional plays are written with one line after each other. It’s easy to follow the dialogue. This is something different. This is what’s called a ladder play. L-A-D-D-E-R. What that means is that the text is written in columns with each character in the play getting his or her own column. When you have characters with dialogue on the same row of their column, they speak in unison. It takes a lot of work to perfect, but when you do, the result is musical. Lindsay, what do you love about Tuna Fish Eulogy?
People react in one of two ways when they look at Tuna Fish Eulogy. One: “Agh! What is that? That looks so hard!” Or two: Ooooh! What is that? That looks so cool.” You know, pretty great diverse reactions. I think all plays, all art, should have huge extreme reactions to them. And that’s one of the reasons I really love this play. It’s a challenge, for sure. The structure is challenging, and the story is really challenging too – there are no happy endings here. But there’s nothing like when you see a student, when the light goes off in their eyes, when they ‘get’ a challenging play, when they get a play like Tuna Fish Eulogy. That’s it for Spread the Love.