For this project, I took one of what Gertrude Stein calls her “plays,” and considered what would happen if I were to try to stage and direct it. After reading through it, I attempted to break it down into characters, lines, and to imagine a setting in which it would logically take place.
But first, let’s look at “Captain Walter Arnold” just the way Gertrude Stein wrote it, without any additional directions from me.
Captain Walter Arnold
By Gertrude Stein
Do you mean to please me.
Do you have any doubt of the value of food and water.
I have not.
Can you recollect any example of easy repetition.