File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 190


Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Break A String
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 21:36:15 -0400
To: puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org


My understanding of the term is that it means to take a very deep  
bow, where one leg goes back and the other "breaks" at the knee.   
These bows were reserved for truly great ovations, so wishing "break  
a leg" meant "have a show deserving of the mother of all bows."

Christopher P.

On Sep 12, 2005, at 11:58 AM, MM wrote:

> 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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