Transformative work of the year (so far): To tell my story, showing near DC now

Runs until July 30

Although the structuring conceit is a loose retelling of
Hamlet, with a modern-day fangirl as the tragic protagonist Elsie, there are a
number of other fandoms represented, most obviously Harry Potter, secondarily
Twilight (though only identified as “vampire” in the promo materials, grrr), MCU (similar, grr), LoTR, Sherlock, and Historical RPF (Abraham Lincoln).  Some observations:
1.    
Just as Ready Player One hails as its ideal reader an 80s fanboy, this play hails a 21st-century
fangirl.  I laughed a lot. 
2.    
Me, a pedant: Technically, this isn’t a
“fanfic,” but a “fandrama” or “fanwork,” though I understand why they used the
more well-recognized term.
3.    
For a number of reasons, commercial “fanworks,”
if you accept the application of that term to them—and for this play at least I
think we should—tend to be metafictions, interested in the mechanisms of
storytelling (see, e.g., Jasper Fforde’s series, Dumas père’s Kean as remixed
by Sartre, Supernatural’s Fan Fiction and Slash Fiction episodes), especially
if you include in the metafiction category retellings from the perspective of a
character whose experience is elided from the original (see, e.g., Wide
Sargasso Sea, Lo’s Diary, The Wind Done Gone, Jacqueline Carey’s retelling of
LoTR).  This play is no exception, as the
title indicates, and I also sense a reference to Hamilton’s “who lives, who
dies, who tells your story”—especially since Petri’s play, much more than
Shakespeare’s, emphasizes that you (the character) have little to no control
over those things.  In Petri’s version,
Elsie is not able to orchestrate the narrative for Horatio to repeat.

4.    
The program fascinated me because the format is
very specifically taken from the Archive
of Our Own
, with its major tags, additional tags and kudos count, as well
as fandom categorizations.  And I’m
pretty sure all the additional tags are canonical,
even though some of them are not what we envisioned when we set up the
additional tags field.  That’s folksonomy
for you.  Anyway, obviously I don’t think
there’s any trademark problem, and wouldn’t be for a creative work even if it
used more of the Archive’s trade dress, but it’s notable that the AO3 now
provides some standard formatting choices.
FFrom outside, a wall inviting audience members to share their fandoms.  I recognized maybe half?

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