Dog Act Analysis

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The play Dog Act is an unconventional play written in a post-apocalyptic setting during which the main characters Zetta and Dog are on an adventure to see "China," a famous region in the world at the time of the play. Liz Duffy Adams, the playwright, wrote the play and relayed her blueprints, the script, to directors Mandy Fox and Joe Kopyt, who worked with designers to create and present a world of their own imagination based on Adams ' script. The unique interpretation included eccentric costumes for each character, bold yet subtle implications toward sexuality and gender, as well the moving storylines executed well by the actors. The costumes a character wears are often indicative of their personality, class, and their overall characterization.…show more content…
The discussions between Dog and Vera indicated the two knew each other and even lived near each other prior to the start of the play. Moreover, the two were the only two that knew each other prior to Dog deciding to be a dog. The two lived in an isolated community, likely a college campus or religious institution, away from the rest of the world, until it inevitably fell to the apocalypse. In contrast, Bug and Coke, two Scavengers used provocative, crude language and conveyed aggressive personalities through their language and clothing. Although, the furs imply possible animalistic behavior, unlike Dog they also adopted animalistic behavior to survive and hunt not to hide. Additionally, had the luxury to hide and find someone to take him in to start anew, whereas, the other characters Zetta, Jo-Jo, and the Scavengers underwent the changes in the world without the knowledge of why the apocalypse took place. Another aspect of classism demonstrated throughout the play was Jo-Jo 's place in between the classes and having no place; she chooses to follow Vera, Zetta, and eventually the Scavengers in order to fit into the group, only to find she didn 't fit in until she was able to set her own rules with the Scavengers. Moreover, throughout the majority of the play Jo-Jo listened to Vera, despite her actions indicating she wasn 't with her as shown through her hesitance to steal Zetta 's cart and her final decision to fake Dog 's death. This was a dynamic transformation of her character deciding who she was and how she doesn 't have to fit into a certain class of people. She can instead choose he she wants to be with, which were the
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