Six Characters In Search Of An Author
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
Six Characters in Search of an Author democratizes artistic approach. The play is by an author, for the author and of the author; by the characters, for the characters and of the characters and; by drama, for drama and of drama. It contrasts life of fixed form and moving reality. It presents the conflict between illusion and reality. The stage manager strives his maximum to make his actors appear true. This itself bears testimony to the fact that they are true. This is why we have the ?real? six characters coming and poking fun at them. The director wants Madam Pace to utter some lines loudly which are meant only for her. However she hesitates to do so as it is not within the norms of propriety. However, the stage manager insists she must do it, else the audience cannot hear her. This again illustrates that the audience do not speak for themselves, but for the audience to hear. And again they are not ?real in that the director tapers with the original story as it should be presentable. The step-daughter wants him to present the scene where the step-daughter is seduced by the step-father asit was. The director hesitates: ?We can take only som much of the truth here?. And this bears testimony to the ?so-called facts? in the theatre. That does not act upon truth directly and shy away from social realities. Another point that the characters put forward are that when the play terminates, the characters in the form of actors ?die?; but ?they? are meant to live forever. The attempts in section II of the actors to fake the father and step-daughter illustrate the impossibility of art representing life; while the confusion that follow the apparent death of the children, when the actors and directors fail to agree to what they have seen testify to the power of art. And towards the end the impossibility of resolving the conflict is summed up in the director who curses all of them for wasting his time in vain.