The play that I have chosen to do the Digital Narrative on is Grasses of a Thousand Colors. In the play, there are four characters. First, there is “He” who is the memoirist (Ben), who is over 65. Then there is a character by the name of Cerise, a girl who is younger than Ben. There is also Robin who is also a girl named Robin who is also younger than Ben as well. Lastly, there is Rose who is also a girl, but she is younger than everyone. The main plot of the play is working out many issues and problems in people’s lives but also concern the environment at the same time.



Rice Grain #1 (Retro)

This is a photo of the "older version" of the "Number 1 Grain" representing environmentally friendly food. Another thing that is discussed that continues to remain a problem for everyone in the play is “What is the greatest problem facing the world today?” (Shawn, 11). There seemed to be no clear-cut answer explained in this play. However, towards the end a scientist assists in helping the problem with food by doing hard research and inventing “Grain Number One” for animals. 

Rice Grain #1 (Modern Day)

The broader environment of this piece is a world where there are multiple problems that exist in the society of the characters. These characters have issues with “space” as well as issues with food. These are issues that us people in the real world still face. For example, when the scientist is working to produce “Grain Number One” the scientist is working to provide people with more natural food and not having to use chemicals to put into food, we clearly see this message outlined in the play. This photo represents the modern day "Grain Number One" because of its natural qualities.

Rotten 4 Leaf Clover

       The “Bad Luck” aspect of this play has a dramaturgical message. The message in this is that the bad luck is self-inflicted. I say this because as mentioned earlier, we as people are the only ones to blame for the progress (or lack thereof) of our environment. The problem is that we as people live our lives and do things hoping that the way that we live will not be at other animals and creatures’ expense in the environment. As a result, we are “creating” this bad luck in our environment. This seems to be the main problem that our very environment faces with our everyday human activities. Another example of how we cause this “bad luck” goes back to the term Zoogeopathology, where we as people potentially cause displacement within our environment. This being said, this play was made to recreate the environmental issues as well as discussions that exist within our society today and I feel that this play does a wonderful job of doing the recreation of our environment in a way so that people can really have a visual representation of our impact on the environment. Along these lines, the play also does a good job of coining terms and phrases that are representative of our impact on the environment. “Bad Luck” is a good phrase because people can understand the phrase, but they can also understand the description that follows when the play follows the phrase up with the example of space and how we as people have a major influence on our environment not only in terms of how we affect space for the general well being of our world, but also how we affect the animals that are a significant part of our world in terms of how their lives can be changed forever due to how we choose to live.

Space as it Relates to the Human and Animal Dynamic

This is the Space Photo representing the occupation of space. We see elements of all three pathology terms in The Grasses of a Thousand Colors when discussing the example of “space”. We see an example of Zoopathology when the play discusses “space”. Humans have a lot of control on what goes into space and as a result it might have an effect on animals in terms of where they live so there is definitely a tie there in the space example to this term. The next term that we see an example of is Geopathology where there could be problems with “space” that certain animals could run into depending on the ever-changing environment surrounding them. Lastly, we see Zoogeopathology in the end result which in the case of space is acknowledging that it is still a problem that is present in our natural world today and it can destroy the lives of animals in the environment because they can be forced to live in areas where it is not their ideal habitat.

Space: The Concept Explained

This thoroughly explains the special reference in the piece. Specifically, it talks about how if two there are two things then only one of them can occupy one place at one time. There is a purpose for the author of the play to bring up concepts such as “space”, and it is because we need to reevaluate how we are affecting space so that we can do better for our environment in the long run.

Healthy Heart Representing Healthy Food & Healthy Environment

This represents the end goal of promoting healthy goods to people as a result of producing the right way and taking care of the planet that is helping us produce our goods.The fact the scientist has interest in producing the new grain sends a dramaturgical message. This message is that food is at its best when it is pure and pesticide free. Natural and pure food is the best food because it not only does not contain impurities, but it also contains the most nutrients and as a result has more positive impact because it has more nutritional benefits.

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Works Cited

Shawn, Wallace. Grasses of a Thousand Colors. Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York, New York. 2014. 

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