August 21, 2003
I came across an amusing new play called Games for Married Couples, by D. Bruno Starrs, published in last February’s issue of Ygdrasil: A Journal of the Poetic Arts. It was a very fun read for me, both for its witty dialog and for its structure, which bears a lot of resemblance to our interactive drama project, Facade. Both plays are short one-acts, have just three characters — a married couple and a friend, all action takes place in a single room, and shows variation when the scene is repeated over and over. It even has a reference to Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a key inspiration for Facade.
What other (non-digital) plays or stories repeat themselves like this? (Other than Run Lola Run, Groundhog Day and Rashomon.)
The title of the play also makes me think of Games People Play, a book written in the sixties that founded the “transactional analysis” sub-field of psychiatry, by Eric Berne. We read this while designing Facade, giving us lots of ideas for designing the conflict between our characters. A great book for writers.