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What Happened

by Gertrude Stein


University of California, Berkeley 2010

DIRECTOR:   Scott Wallin         SOUND DESIGN:      Evan Yu              COSTUME DESIGN:  Hiroko Kobayashi

SET DESIGN: Giulio Perrone     LIGHTING DESIGN:  Brian Boswick     VIDEO DESIGN:         Scott Wallin

I had just come home from a pleasant dinner party and I realized then that something is always happening. Something is always happening, anybody knows a quantity of stories of people’s lives that are always happening, there are always plenty for the newspapers and there are always plenty in private life.  Everybody knows so many stories and what is the use of telling another story. What is the use of telling a story since there are so many and everybody knows so many and tells so many. In the country it is perfectly extraordinary how many complicated dramas go on all the time. And everybody knows them, so why tell another one. There is always a story going on. So naturally what I wanted to do in my play was what everybody did not always know nor always tell. By everybody I do of course include myself by always I do of course include myself.  And so I wrote, What Happened, A Play.  

                                                             -- Gertrude Stein

Poster of the theater production What Happened. A collage of the various characters each in the middle of a dinner party. Each character images has been digitally altered to look like a modern art painting, such as cubist or fractured.
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