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re: The Minutes (BIG SPOILER REGARDING STEPPENWOLF PRODUCTION) -- PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE PLAY
Last Edit: Delvino 08:20 am EDT 07/02/22
Posted by: Delvino 08:19 am EDT 07/02/22
In reply to: The Minutes (BIG SPOILER REGARDING STEPPENWOLF PRODUCTION) -- PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE PLAY - BroadwayTonyJ 04:33 am EDT 07/02/22

It's Wicker Man, or somewhere between Jackson's The Lottery and a Tom Tryon bestselling novel from the 70s, Harvest Home. The sacrificial elements are very much what Tryon wrought about in a farming community, a seasonal aspect. It seems that these are American tropes, the scapegoating or mere selection of a single member of a community for metaphysical or pragmatic purposes. Jackson remains the model. Stephen King landed on it several times as well (an admirer of Harvest Home). Whether Letts used these stories as inspiration, the conceit seems to be part of our literature and pop culture. For what it's worth, I appreciated the intriguing use here, and found it fresh in post-millennial ways.
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