Putting Pluto on the Map: A Play
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My goal for the third draft was simply to cut out anything unnecessary and tighten up all the rest. I cut out two entire scenes from the end of the play, since they seemed completely extraneous, and I tried to enhance the role of Norse mythology by tightening up all of the business with Dwight's Viking party. I explained the perfume better, I hope, and I added stage directions indicating exactly when people fall in and out of love. I tried to make Freya and Keri (as well as the two gangsters) each more distinct than before, and at the end I allowed a near-resolution of all of the play's twists by passing all of the characters off as distant relatives. I decided to kill off all of the characters anyway (although I cannot say I know why I like that ending so much--if I saw this play staged, my first criticism would be that its ending was not right), although I tried to enhance the notion of farce by which they all died. This draft included some extra dialogue in several scenes, and it came out ninety-nine pages. I turned it in after a week of classes, and I left it alone for another three weeks.