Friday, April 13, 2007

Heat, Humidity, and Horseflies

It was unusually hot and humid in Philadelphi in the spring of 1776. These conditions led to a "bumper crop" of horseflies originating from the stable next door to Independence Hall.

The answers to yesterday's trivia questions are (more details on bulletin board) :
1. Richard Nixon
2. a song
3. Richard Henry Lee

"Welcome to the Theatre" was sung by Lauren Bacall in "Applause".

Be the first to answer the trivia questions by clicking on the pink "comments" at the end of the blog. Thanks to my daughter,Katie, who from Thailand added the links for me and configured the site so you can add comments.

Theatre Superstitions
There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is ever left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. In other versions the same superstition the ghosts of past performances return to the stage to live out their glory moments. To prevent this, a single light is left burning at center stage after the audience and all of the actors and musicians have gone.

The Origin:

The origin of this superstition is rooted in both practicality and further superstition itself! The practicality, of course, is that people coming into a darkened theatre cannot see what delicate costumes, sharp and pointy props, and dangerous set pieces have been left lying about, and a light is important to prevent injury, property damage, or lawsuits.
The other reason lends itself to further superstition. A “dark” theatre is a theatre without a play. There is nothing more sad to a drama artist than an empty house and a playless stage. Therefore a light is left burning center stage so that the theatre is never “dark”. It is simply awaiting the next production.

Today's Trivia Questions
1. Who doesn't send their compliments with the kegs Agigail has delivered to John?
a. Sisterhood of the Touro Synagogue
b. Protestant Women for Independence
c. Holy Christian Sisters of St. Clair
d. Concord Ladies Coffee Club

2. What doesn't John see in committment
a. flags waving
b. parades
c. fireworks
d. pomp

"An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow" Lawrence Barrett

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