Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Text of "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" - and more!

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

by Joyce Carol Oates

First published in Epoch, Fall 1966.
 Included in Prize Stories : O Henry Award Winners(1968), and The Best American Short Stories (1967).
Copyright © by Joyce Carol Oates
for Bob Dylan
Her name was Connie. She was fifteen and she had a quick, nervous giggling habit of
craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people's faces to make sure
 her own was all right. Her mother, who noticed everything and knew everything and
who hadn't much reason any longer to look at her own face, always scolded Connie
about it. "Stop gawking at yourself. Who are you? You think you're so pretty?"
she would say. Connie would raise her eyebrows at these familiar old complaints
and look right through her mother, into a shadowy vision of herself...[Click for full text]. 
I highly recommend the following for your script:
1. Go to the full text. 
2. Copy and paste the text onto a shared Google text with your group. 
3. Cut the superfluous lines out. 
4. Insert stage directions - and tonal tags (Ex. she said sheepishly).
5. Print copies of your abbreviated (streamlined) text.
Your production should not be more than ten minutes. 

Why is the story dedicated to Bob Dylan? 

The author, Joyce Carol Oates, tells you why:

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