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Polaroid Stories: An Adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  109 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A visceral blend of classical mythology and real life stories told by street kids, Naomi lizuka's Polaroid Stories journeys into a dangerous world where myth-making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence, where storytelling has the power to transform a reality in which characters' lives are continually threatened, devalued and effaced. Not all the stories these character ...more
Unknown Binding, 88 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Dramatic Pub.
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Taylor Hudson
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays, want-to-direct
So in love with this script.
Stories, characters, and themes from Ovid's Metamorphoses are used skillfully and unexpectedly to tell the story of street kids. Based on interviews with sex workers and runaways, Iizuka weaves street slang and raw vulgarity with a gorgeous, poetic lyricism - creating a completely unique and jarring experience.
I can't wait to direct this one someday :)
Felicia Latoya Brown
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: personal-library
I had to read this for a college course. It's not a style of play that I find enjoyable to read. Maybe it would be different to see it on stage, but I'm not one for gratuitous cursing...and in the reading of the play, the abundant usage began to take away from the story instead of adding to develop and understanding of it. The concept is interesting, though often I found myself trying and failing to understand the link that was supposed to be made with certain myths. I prefer Zimmerman's "Metamo ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
This script is a fascinating understanding and alteration of Metamorphoses. As a script it offers a lot of opportunities to display stunning spectacles. The play itself has undergone an intense alteration and is a great chance for dramaturgical processes. The stories are understandable in this format and show the human nature that lies at the heart of Ovid's poem. However, as well executed the simple format is, Iizuka doesn't add much of her own original work to the piece, the script works as a ...more
Mar 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theatre
A strange and at times much to dense modern telling of the stories of the greek gods as multi-racial/-cultural street kids. Innovative and intriguing, I wish I'd been able to see it at Campo Santo. It seems a work to be much better appreciated seen than merely read (as should be the case for all good theatre).
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
At the end of this play you will probably asking yourself one question, "What the F*** did I just read?" Aside from the extreme use of language, I think the author captured the essence of the streets and transcribed it beautifully into a contemporary play. I would strongly recommend watching it performed after the read for a much better comprehension of what's going on.
PEN Center USA
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
1998 PEN Center USA Award Winner for Drama
A gorgeous play
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays
Based on Ovid's "Metamorphosis" and Jim Goldberg's "Raised by Wolves."
Feb 15, 2008 added it
Shelves: dramatica
haven't read this edition, but read the play.
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Still mulling this one over, but basically if you mess with the Greek myths, and you do it well, you've got me in the palm of your hand. End scene.
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Naomi Iizuka's most recent play, 17 Reasons (Why), was produced at Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts and published by Stage and Screen in the anthology Breaking Ground: Adventurous Plays By Adventurous Theatres, edited by Kent Nicholson. Her other plays include 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Language of Angels; War of the Worlds (written in collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company); Aloh ...more
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