Masterpiece?

Q: Now, I just don’t understand who Savannah is and her relationship with Kelly. Given the new draft, it seems more like Savannah is another cobra versus a “masterpiece” of Hannah’s or “Kelly’s arch-enemy,” which is fine, but I guess I don’t know how to establish that air of leadership …

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Why not turn Mungus?

Q: Why doesn’t Hannah turn Mungus into a cobra? Why does she hypnotize her instead of just converting her? What’s the difference between the 2 things? KATIE: You know, I was waiting for that question. So, I’ve got a number of answers, none of which are THE answer. Rob might have …

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Sense of self?

Q: Okay I thought of one last question, when you are a cobra, do you still have a sense of who your human self is? Or is your human self trying to get out of the cobrafied body? Because at the end Savannah knows who Kelly is? ROB: Here’s my thought about …

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Physical Transformation?

Q: Is there a physical reaction when somebody goes from cobra back to human? How do we make the switch big enough for the audience to immediately grasp that they changed since it happens so fast (like Kelly grabs Rikki’s hand and BOOM she’s back to normal)? KATIE: Absolutely there …

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Snake?

  KATIE: I think what we’d had in mind is that, like, the human dots were green laser pointers and the cobras were red laser pointers, and we track them all through the maze, so if that’s what you’re thinking here, yes. I’m not sure if that’s possible (and I’m …

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Little Johnny didn’t pay attention in science class

Q: (This isn’t a question, it’s more like an idea of an unscripted thing I just want to say.) I really want Johnny to be vigorously shaking the goldfish while he’s singing before he finds out it’s dead, like Darla in Finding Nemo. KATIE: That made me laugh really hard, and …

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Touch a cobra?

Q: How do the cobras grab the humans without touching them? KATIE: Like in “Mouse in a Maze”? Get creative! Also, as we said, it’s not just casual touch that does it, it’s deliberate, rescuing touch. That said. For a while, I was a music and engineering major in college. …

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The final battle?

Q: Does the fight between Mungus and Hannah happen onstage or is it just projections? Because I have hella ideas for that puppet and I’m excited. A: Honestly, this still needs to be negotiated based on the reality of What Is Possible. I think the current idea is that we …

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Plural of Mongoose?

Q: Plural of mongoose? KATIE: Generally mongooses, rarely mongeese. We use “mongeese” in the flashback because it has fewer syllables. And it’s a hilarious word. KEZIA (student): So at the end do you want “cotesville fighting mongoose” or “mongeese?” KATIE: I think maybe just the one. Mongeese doesn’t have the right …

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Is Darzee suspicious of Kelly?

Q: Before Career Directions class, is Darzee supposed to be suspicious of Kelly or not like her? Is Darzee the type of girl who didn’t have many friends and instead relied on animals? KATIE: Suspicious, for sure. Her friend Rikki, who is a Nice, Trusting Person, who is maybe a …

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Transformation?

Q: Is the transformation by song? (From human to cobra?) KATIE: I think the transformation is via creepy hypno-eyes, plus sitar music. The sitar music doesn’t actually transform you, it just lets us know that’s what’s happening, via the creepy hypno-eyes. The cobra has to intend to turn you. Q:Is …

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