Why I Live at the P.O.; A Dramatization in One-Act of a Short Story by Eudora Welty
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Several years ago, I read Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O.", a story so vivid and so full of life that it has excited my thoughts ever since. With my theatrical imagination running rampant, I have dearly wished to see this story function as a piece of theatre. Welty has lent her story such vitality that it has seemed only natural that "Why I Live at the P.O." be transferred to the stage. An admirable and potentially fruitful project, yet one I never seriously considered attempting myself-until my Senior Individualized Project presented itself as the perfect opportunity to realize my ambitions for Sister , Stella-Rondo, Papa Daddy,and the rest. Thus, I decided to undertake the adaptation of "Why I Live at the P.O." to a one-act play. My intentions as an adapter were sound. My memory, however, was not. I found myself confronted with the fact that my background in the field of theatrical adaptation was limited to common sense and those adaptations I had seen or read. I possessed imagination, a great deal of enthusiasm, and a solid education in theatre, yet I had no previous experience or exposure upon which to base specific efforts as an adapter. Concrete research into the field of adaptation would be necessary before I could make any choices or decisions in relation to the adaptation of "Why I Live at the P.O." I would truly have to begin at the beginning.