Thoughts on Plays

Six Observations about Major Predictions, Barbara by David Fancy

Posted Feb 26th, 2019 in news

Six Observations about Major Predictions, Barbara by David Fancy

Six observations on Major (Predictions), Barbara, a ‘hack’ of a Shaw play:

'Updating' assumes that Shaw’s texts aren’t timely, which isn’t necessarily the case.

A conversation between two different times based around what value do fictional spaces have, be they theatrical fictions, video game fictions, and so forth.

Cusins in this play is creating the play from the past as a trap, a fiction in which to trap Barbara.

But clearly the fictions, of the past, or of the illusory worlds of these video games, are also productive places where we learn about who we are, where power and force lies, where desire gathers.

Playing around with another text isn’t necessarily disrespecting the intent of the author, or of those who are staging it;

Instead this can allow us to reflect on what we do with these historical texts and what cultural and artistic value they hold.


David Fancy Playwright


  • About the banned Shotgun Wedding: “We positioned ourselves, David and I, as the Brecht and Weill of the NAFTA generation, and the result was apparently too alienating for the corporate sponsors, who (in previews) demanded a gelded, gilded version to replace it. David held firm, the show was gutted, and our international fame was postponed. Through it all, his integrity and sense of mission was unalterable, and it was all based on protecting the vision of the artists and collaborators. It was the most honorable defeat imaginable.”
    - Jonathan Mastro, Composer