Collected in Last Operas and Plays (1949), Photograph. A Play in Five Acts was one of a half dozen plays that Stein wrote in 1920. She was thinking about cinema and photography at this time, the postwar moment offering new opportunities to experience these media on a large scale. The play presents the theme of twinning and explores technological and biological reproduction. In our interpretation, three main voices (V, ME, and THREE) perform a parlour play with a CHORUS of musicians. The play-within-a-play centers on a photograph of a family on the verge of separation. The audio recording is of a live performance of SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS: Three Gertrude Stein Plays in the Shape of an Opera that took place February 11, 2018 at Symphony Space, New York City.
The recording is 35 minutes.listen read the play
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