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One flew over the cuckoo’s nest. Briefly Summarize the play.- It takes place ina mental institution where a new patient has just arrived. This patient ends upmessing with everyone and creating chaos in the institution. Briefly Outline thePlot- R.P. McMurphy is a new patient at the mental institution, he is a charmingdevil, who wants to serve a very short sentence in the mental institutioninstead of a long term sentence in a prison. This is a mistake, he suddenlylearns, for he runs into Nurse Ratched, who can keep him institutionalizedforever. He ends up taking over the ward, controlling the rest of the patients,and to the astonishment to medical professionals, he makes Chief Bromden, whowas presumedly deaf and dumb, speak. He turns the other inmates into moreextrovert people by doing all sorts of things, from playing games, arranging aparty at midnight, or even staging a revolt so that the other patients can watchthe world series. Afraid that McMurphy will become more controlling than she is,Nurse Ratched has McMurphy submitted to shock treatment. After he recovers, heis forced to undergo one of the worst ‘treatments’ for his final correction, afrontal lobotomy. However to save McMurphy from this, the Chief kills McMurphy,and escapes from the institution. List and Descrive the main characters in theplay- R.P. McMurphy- Patient, very loud and obnoxious, very controlling andcaniving Nurse Ratched- Very mean Nurse, likes to control all the patients inthe institution, by any means necessary Chief Bromden- Deaf and dumb Indian, orpressumedly so. Identify and explain a key line in the play- It’s notnecessarily a key line during the play, its more of an instance during the playthe sends everything spiraling down. During the scene in which McMurphy hasfinally pushed Nurse Ratched to her boiling point, and she turns him to shocktreatment, then schedules a frontal labotomy for him, which causes the Chief tokill him, and get the other prisoners to escape. Play Summary #2 Rent Breiflysummarize the play This is a story that takes place on Christmas eve in New YorkCity. Where Mark, a young filmmaker, sets up his camera. His roomate Roger, asongwriter and ex-junkie, struggles to pick out a song on his electric guitar.

The story goes through a day in the lives of these two men. Outline the plot-This is a story that takes place on Christmas eve in New York City. Where Mark,a young filmmaker, sets up his camera. His roomate Roger, a songwriter andex-junkie, struggles to pick out a song on his electric guitar. The phone intheir place rings, and it is an old friend at a pay phone, but their call is cutshort because he, Collins, gets mugged. The phone rings again, but this time itis Mark’s and Roger’s landlord who wants their overdue rent money. Collins isfound beaten by a friend of Mark and Roger, named Angel, a drag queen. Collinsand Angel find a strange attraction between one another, and then find out thatthey are both HIV-Positive. Roger, who is called by Mark’s ex-girlfiend,Maureen, asking if he can help her that night with some technical aspects of aperformance that she is to give later that night, and he agree’s. Collins andAngel come to Mark and Roger’s place, inviting them to join him out for theevening, Mark joins, but Roger doesn’t. Roger is then visited by a neighbor ofhis, Mimi, who instantly takes a liking to Roger. But Roger deflects all of hercome on’s. He later finds out that he and mimi share a secret and an illness,their addiction to drugs, and they are both taking AZT. Roger begins to takegreater interest in Mimi. Later in the story Roger and Mimi have become muchmore romatically involved, so have Collins and Angel. But it comes to a tragicend when Angel dies. And when Roger later turns from Mimi and heads for SantaFe. Unbeknownst to him, Mimi, who is now extremely sick, returns later to Markand Roger’s place. She now tells Roger that she loves him. And Roger, who hasfinally found his song, is able to play and sing it for Mimi. There is a verytouching scene where Angel appears once again in a warm white light. List anddescribe the main characters Mark- Independant Filmmaker Roger- Independantmusician, who is an ex-junkie, is also in love with Mimi. Mimi- Neighbor of Markand Roger, who was a junkie, and is in love with Roger. Identify and explain akey line- “I have always loved you” Said by Roger to Mimi. It’s hisrealization of his true feelings, and through all the chaos, and tragedy thathas happened this finally begins to set things right. Identify and list anyspecial production requirements- Guitar Play Summary #3 The Jest of Hahalaba SirArthur gets an alchemist to call upon the spirit of laughter in order to begranted a wish. It turns out that the spirit of laughter plays a joke on SirArthur that costs him his life. Outline the plot- The story takes place on NewYear’s Eve, where Sir Arthur Strangeways has called upon an Alchemist, who isshown in by Sir Arthur’s Butler, Snaggs. The Alchemist makes it rather apparantthat he does not want to be there, but Sir Arthur is determined to get what hewants. The Alchemist knows how to call upon spirits, whether it be the spirit ofdeath, the spirit of drought or in this case the spirit of laughter. However theAlchemist also knows of the dangers involved in this, for spirits loath mankind,and plot against them in every way that they can. Disreguarding the Alchemist’swarning to specifically not call upon the spirit of laughter, he does. But heasks for a simple thing, a file of the Times newspapers for the year of 1929.

This wish is granted by the spirit. And the spirit disappears, but not beforetelling Sir Arthur that the newspaper will disappear within an hour of midnight.

Sir Arthur lunges into the papers, going directing to the stock reports pages,making notes of all the good stocks to buy. The Alchemist all the while tellinghim that he should not be doing this, and even though Sir Arthur is telling himthat he will be making millions, and even offering millions to the Alchemist ifhe helps, he tries to leave. Sir Arthur lets him out. He then returns to hispapers, looking at the next days paper, he relaxes, only to find that someonehas written in the paper the he has died. He first takes this as a joke, butthen he begins to gasp for air, he then collapses and dies. Snagg’s rushes in,finds out that Sir Arthur is dead, and calls up the Times newspaper, tellingthem that Sir Arthur has died. Main Characters- Sir Arthur Strangeways- Greedystockmarket played Snaggs- Sir Arthur Butler Alchemist- Strange person who knowsabout the supernatural world. Hahalaba- The Spirit of Laughter. Key Line”Be warned Master, and have none of him” Said by the Alchemist to SirArthur, warning him not to call upon the spirit of laughter. This isforshadowing the end of the play on how it will not turn out to be good, and italso makes Sir Arthur want to call upon the spirit of laughter even more.

Identify and list any special production requirements White powder- Needs to beused for the calling up of the spirit of laughter, it must be able to burnquickly when a match is set to it. Play Summary #4 The Traveler This is about aman traveling on a train, who is I believe somewhat of a successful andwell-known man. He is greeted almost immediately by the conductor of the train,they begin a conversation. Outline of the plot Mr. Mercer is a traveler on atrain. He gets on the train and is greeted by Morton, the porter. Mortonintroduces himself, and then Mr. Mercer introduces himself. Morton recognizeswho Mr. Mercer is, and immediately gets the conductor of the train. Theconductor comes and greets Mr. Mercer, and they begin a conversation aboutpeople they both know, and places they have both been to. It becomes apparantthat the conductor, Mr. Barclay, is being extremely nice to Mr. Mercer. As thetrain nears its stop, Mr. Barclay gets up in order to call out the stop of thetrain, and Mr. Mercer gathers his things. As Mr. Mercer gets off the train, andsays goodbye to his new friend, Mr. Barclay takes a small address book out ofhis pocket and writes “Mr. Mercer” a friend of the company. CharactersMr. Mercer- A traveler on a train, a successful person Mr. Barclay- Conductor ofthe train Mr. Morton- Porter on the train Key Line I think it would be the’”Mr. Mercer” a friend of the company.’ line. Because it gives thewhole story a bit of a twist, and opens up the story a bit more. Requirements-Scenery for a train.

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