THE DESERTED ISLAND, by Joseph Haydn
Program Notes and Study Guide
By Ashley Kimball, SSU Theatre Arts Major; The Deserted Island Dramaturg
Sonoma State University, Spring 2013
- Synopsis (link)
Enjoy the synopsis of L’isola Disabitata.
- Castaway Interview with Tom Hanks (link to youtube)
The relevant clip in this interview begins at the 12:00 minutes, and continues until 17:00 minutes. The actor Tom Hanks played a fictional FedEx man, named Chuck Noland in the movie Castaway. The character ends up stranded on an island after a small plane accident while overseas. With no human beings or shelter to speak of, he has to learn to survive. Watch Tom Hanks discuss how he was able to get into the mindset of an isolated man in this interview on Inside the Actor’s Studio.
- Biography of the Composer, Joseph Haydn (PDF) Part One, Part two
This short, sweet, to the point biography on Joseph Haydn will enlighten you about his mischievous side and let you in on a few little known facts. Learn about his days in school and how his brother was almost more famous than he was.
- Island Resources (link to blog)
We have all had to answer the question, “If you were stuck on an island and could bring only one thing, what would it be?” While it is fun to imagine these situations, your favorite sandwich is going to do very little for you. Read about the three things you must have if you are spending awhile on a deserted island.
- The Real Castaways: True Stories Of Being Stranded On A Deserted Island
Read stories of real life people starting from past to present who really have been deserted on an island. Find out how they survived and the crazy lengths they went through to see civilization once more in their lifetimes. From boaterexam.com.
- Discussion Questions
Want some food for thought after you see the opera? Utilize these questions to help focus your experience and prompt new perspective about what you saw.