Obligatory Scene Example:
With Dialogue

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Order 'All my films have the same themes, albeit in different forms. My evolution is in the way I excavate the same themes. I suppose there's some autobiography, but it's totally deformed. It's fiction that interests me. But for this fiction to work, it is fed by distant experiences that return to the surface.'

-- André Téchiné




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Here's an annotated version of 'NIGHT, MOTHER's Obligatory Scene -- as Marsha Norman wrote it -- starting from the Climax . . .

CLIMAX: Suspense Plot
		MAMA
Jesse! Please!

	(And we hear the shot, and it sounds 
	like an answer, it sounds like No.)
Resolution begins
	(Mama Collapses against the door, 
	tears streaming down her face, but
	not screaming anymore. In shock
	now.)
Minor CLIMAX: Emotional Plot
		MAMA
Jessie, Jessie, child ... Forgive me.
	(Pause)
I thought you were mine.
Resolution continues
	(And she leaves the door and makes 
	her way through the living room, around
	the furniture, as though she didn't
	know where it was, not knowing what to 
	do. Finally, she goes to the stove in 
	the kitchen and picks up the hot-
	chocolate pan and carries it with her 
	to the telephone, and holds on to it 
	while she dials the number. She looks 
	down at the pan, holding it tight like 
	her life depended on it. She hears
	Loretta answer.)

		MAMA
Loretta, let me talk to Dawson, honey.
Curtain

'night, Mother Copyright © 1983 by Marsha Norman
And the power of the playwright's final line comes from the incredible amount of Subtext she's kept beneath the surface of that bit of dialogue.


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