File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 118


To: <puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 08:00:03 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] teasers and tormentors




The way I learned to tell the difference....between the two....was of course 
chauvinistic....
The teaser is a skirt and the tormentor is the leg......

Mark S.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bob Stone" <bobstone1-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2005 5:44 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String


> At 08:58 AM 9/12/2005, you wrote:
>
>>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
>>~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
>
> Didn't know about the origins of "Break a leg."  Interesting.  At
> Aniforms, we used to say "Break a thumb." to wish each other good
> luck, as the thumb was the main mouth control on our live animation
> producing puppets.
>
> On our black light puppetry stages, one of our performers referred to
> the black strips of material that hid the florescent tubes from the
> audience's sight as "teasers" and "tormentors."  I never knew which
> were which, or whether that came from regular stage work or not.
>
>
> -Bob Stone
> www.serious-comedy.com


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