When I read a play, I draw a quick airplane view of the stage on a separate sheet of paper, either as it is described by the playwright in the opening text or as rendered and printed at the beginning of the script. I keep it beside me as I read. It helps me “see” the action as it unfolds in the italicized stage directions.
If you haven’t read the play, here’s the link – Just scroll down to the play text. http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpart/alra/glaspell.htm
Do you have a favorite one-act or full-length play? A favorite playwright?
For more on Susan Glaspell (1876-1948), an early feminist and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright – http://blogs.shu.edu/glaspellsociety/sample-page/
An aside – I played the sheriff’s wife in a production of Trifles during a three day Festival of One-Act Plays. At the crucial moment, when the two women make their discovery, the other actress and I had a moment of panic. We thought the prop people had forgotten to put the “important item” where it was supposed to be. It was there, but placed differently than in rehearsals. We wondered if the director had this done to heighten our reaction. We asked him afterward. “Yep,” he said. Thanks, cowboy. (The production won First Place – Drama.)