As theater artists and educators, we love storytelling. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, like most theatrical productions, is in itself a form of storytelling. It is particular, though, in that it is written and directed to emphasize the elements of storytelling tradition in communities. The best storytellers combine their personal experiences with collective ones and add a healthy helping of imagination. As audience members and the bearers of re-telling the tale we find both an escape into a world of possibility and a reflection of familiarity.
In this guide you will find activities to use both before and after seeing the Wake Forest University production of his Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing. They are intended to introduce students to the norms of storytelling in a theater and encourage their own creative exploration of theatrical storytelling based on themes in this play. You will find discussion questions, a vocabulary list, reminders of theater etiquette, video interviews with cast members and the production team, and differentiated activities with printables. We encourage you to select any or all activities that best suit your class, but recommend waiting to complete the post-show activities until after the students have seen the production.
We hope that you find as much fun in these activities and in the play as we do. Happy storytelling!
In addition to the Study Guide, the videos linked below give a behind-the-scenes perspective of the director, designers, and cast in the making of the production.