File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 106


Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:59:24 -0600
To: puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] My show in Watchung NJ tomorrow


Are puppeteers ever really alone if their creations are nearby.
I admit , I talk to my masks and puppets even when other are in the 
room.

As to the art of "breaking legs":

I would imagine that most thespians are familiar with the traditional 
term and the long standing superstition.
I'd also imagine most puptcritters are thespians.
Different theories credit the origin of the phrase.

The one I buy into is that back when all stages were of the proscenium 
variety the left an right vertical masking drapes were "legs" and the 
act of "breaking a Leg" was laterally to break thru the "line" 
designating the offstage left or right to the onstage.

Since the most primary task of doing well in performance is to show up, 
if you successfully were to "brake a leg' all your training, rehearsal, 
talent and skill would take you the rest of the way.

But of course there are those who subscribe to the "if anything can go 
wrong, it will".
If most of us believed that that truism was the usual MO, we'd probably 
stay in bed.

Michael John Moynihan

On Dec 14, 2006, at 12:55 AM, Mathieu René wrote:

> Hi Christopher,
> I can't make it this far this time either.
> I am hoping for the means to buy or build a teleporter next year.
> In the meantime, "break a leg".
>
> PS:
> before a flame war starts from a misunderstanding, "break a leg" is an
> expression of wishing a good performance to someone, without 
> attracting bad
> luck. I am probably only saying this because I feel chatty, and 
> there's no
> one around to speak and listen to.
> LoL.

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