Research and visual aids for WRK

This is a running list of images and video for the WRK storyline by Qui Nguyen, first workshopped in July 2012 at the Williams College Theatre Lab in Williamstown, MA; then presented in February 2013 at the Culturemart festival at HERE in New York City.


To set up the Odyssey overlay on the Workers storyline, we’re thinking of really playing up the Greek mythology aspect of it in the first few pages, when we first see Odysseus before Poseidon curses him to spending, “10 years leading a crew of men in the manufacture of…paper.” Not real Greek, of course, but Hollywood sword & sandals versions of Greek clothes, props, lighting and sound. Some research:

Ray Harryhausen’s classic skeleton fight scene from Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

More Harryhausen: the Medusa battle scene from the original 1981 Clash of the Titans. Harry Hamlin is our man. We should have a Harry Hamlin wig for Odysseus before he becomes the Foreman 😀

The original 1981 trailer for Clash of the Titans.

A fan-made (contemporary) trailer for the 1981 Clash, the underscoring is definitely more what we expect nowadays, does this communicate the Hollywood idea better tan the real period audio?



The computer eating the woman in Superman III. Qui’s inspiration for New Security’s webs.

Wherein we learn it’s harder to eat Superman…

The computer in Superman III is awfully physical, however, and the gist of the scene seems more about the fear of the tangible dissolving away to the invisible or imperceivable, paper money becoming 1’s and 0’s streaming through the ether. Which makes me think of Gary in Alphas and how he perceives the electromagnetic tracks of wireless data.


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