File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 107


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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 11:58:46 -0400
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Subject: [Puptcrit] Break A String


On Sep 10, 2005, at 3:42 PM, Steve Axtell wrote:
>>>Kirk - Best to your pilot results!  Break a string!<<<

Most thespians identify with the term "Break A Leg" as a superstitious
way of saying "good luck", believing that to plainly wish "good luck"
will possibly bring bad luck or misfortune. But the actual meaning and
history of the tradition is much more intersting than simple superstition.

As we all know a "leg" in technical theatre lingo is a verticle masking
proscenium stage set element that usually masks offstage left and right
wing area from the onstage performce area. "Breaking A Leg" is the
literal action of stepping from the wings (off stage) into the on stage
performance area. The term is an encouraging wish that the actor has a
good start on first entrance. More of a "good performance" wish than a
"good luck" wish.

So my question is, does "break a string" have a similar puppetry history
beyond imitating the live actor "break a leg" superstition?

inquiring minds want to...


Michael John Moynihan
       Visual/Performing/Media Artist & Educator
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