Aria Da Capo
Edna St Vincent Millay was a lyric poet and playwright. She was the first woman poet to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Millay is also known for her many romantic affairs and her Bohemian lifestyle in Greenwich Village. Aria da Capo is a one-act play. The play shows the upper class's indifference to the carnage of the lower class during the war. The play begins "The curtain rise...more
[The curtain rises on a stage set for a Harlequinade, a merry
black and white interior. Directly behind the footlights, and
running parallel with them, is a long table, covered with a gay
black and white cloth, on which is spread a banquet. At the
opposite ends of this table, seated on delicate thin-legged
chairs with high backs, are Pierrot and Columbine, dressed
according to the tradition, excepting that Pierrot is in lilac,
and Columbine in pink. They are dining.]
"my only love, you are so intense!... it is tuedsay, Columbine?- I'll kiss you if it's tuesday."
Scene two is about best friends who when put into a "made up situation" can actually become different people with deadly consequences. It is such a short play that if I write more about it my comments would be longer than the play itself.
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This famous portrait of Vincent (as she was called by friends) was taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1933.