Like the First Time revolves around Fulvia, a woman torn between her current life as a single woman and her past life as a wife and mother.
On the one hand there is Marco, her latest lover, while on the other there's Silvio, her former husband, who wants to reclaim her as his wife and mother
to their now-teenage daughter. Complicating all this is the daughter's belief that her mother is long dead. Which direction Fulvia's life will take
remains uncertain, and the ambivalence of her feelings is reflected in the ambiguity of her actions.
Like the First Time is modelled on Luigi Pirandello's 1920 play, Come Prima, Meglio di Prima. Winner of the Nobel Prize, Pirandello (1867-1936) is renowned for breaking down the "fourth wall" and revolutionizing the theatre with Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921).
Seelig has written Like the First Time, his fourth play, without punctuation so that actors (and readers) may choose how they emphasize the text. The ample spacing on each page is generated by the vertical alignments of certain words in order to create a circumscribed "tonal universe" for the dialogue. The appearance of the script is unconventional, but its delivery on stage is surprisingly conversational. In the spirit of American playwright Charles Mee, BookThug and Adam Seelig have made the full text available for free to the public.
Adam Seelig is a poet, playwright, stage director, and founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company in Toronto. Born and raised in Vancouver, Seelig has also lived in northern California, New York, England and Israel. He is the author of the novella Every Day in the Morning (slow) (New Star Books, shortlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award for Poetry). His previous plays include All Is Almost Still (New York 2004), Antigone:Insurgency (Toronto 2007) and Talking Masks (Toronto 2009). Seelig is the recipient of a Commonwealth Fellowship and a Stanford Golden Grant for his work on Samuel Beckett's manuscripts.
Talking Masks, Seelig's previous play, is published in a print edition by BookThug.
145 pages; pdf download (e-book); 8.5x11 inch format
Published in the fall of 2011 in conjunction with
One Little Goat Theatre Company's premiere of
Like the First Time in Toronto