Thursday, July 26, 2012

Looking for our Characters

Whether you're a writer or a performer, you often look to certain personalities or famous characters for inspiration in your work.
You know, like Gene Kelly's swashbuckling Don Lockwood (in Singing in the Rain) was an Errol Flynn type. Jane Mansfield was a take-off on Marilyn Monroe.
So, as we create our latest Raise Your Spirits production, ESTHER and the Secrets in the King's Court, I keep wondering who different characters can be patterned after for inspiration.
I might have told you that I have been looking for someone to inspire my own character of Haman. Is he a Basil Rathbone (my personal choice), a Snidely Whiplash or perhaps a Captain Hook (as Avital Macales, who plays Esther, thinks)?

Tonight I thought about another character in ESTHER - the king's scribe and trusty right hand Charvona. It suddenly came to me who Charvona reminded me of - Radar in the TV show MASH. Suddenly the more I thought about it, the clearer it seemed to me. Charvona was the Radar of his day. Wow. Achashverosh was lucky.

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