“‘I love to tell the story,…'” Memorable Fancies #1680

“Our priests and wise men are ruining the tales they tell us,” the people say, “those old stories we heard as children, so beautiful and profound. “No, now the priests and wise men insist that these are not Tales, but Fact. “That is how they ruin them.” [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“Actors All Speak at Once” / Memorable Fancies #19

The actors all speak at once. Plays are shorter that way. The audience is pleased, because they never liked the plays this troupe produced, anyway.  [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The Playwrong” / Memorable Fancies #1558

She claimed to be a serious playwrong, a dramatwist, an intermissionary and a hacktress too, though seldom scene; but she was just a drama queen. [Book ad: The year’s hottest new TV series is a reenactment of a famous murder trial ... but was there more involved than murder? A plot to take over the U.S. government? Read Try Try Again.] … [Read more...]

“Relic” / Memorable Fancies #1488

It is said that whatever touches a holy relic becomes itself a relic, and holy: a saint’s robe, for instance. And then a hanger the robe was hung on. And the closet that held the hanger. The house that held the closet that held the hanger that held the robe that clothed the saint. The contagion spreads ... the world ... Everything but us?      <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without … [Read more...]

“Happy Birthday, World!” / Memorable Fancies #1355

According to the computations of James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh, (lived 1581-1656), the first day of creation began at sundown on October 22, 4004 B.C. and was concluded the following day, the world having been created overnight, ready for the ensuing creation of rain and fishes and people and things. Other authorities placed the beginning of creation at 12 noon on that date; but Ussher followed the Jewish custom marking the beginning of each day at sundown; therefore the “day” of … [Read more...]

“Wouldn’t you…?” / Memorable Fancies #1290

Hypothetical questions are a kind of verbal terrorism beloved of courtroom lawyers and politicians. Wouldn’t you say so? <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: Four Christian Plays, available for church or other non-profit production without fee. … [Read more...]

“Audience Response” / Memorable Fancies #809

[“Theatre’s functions of surveillance...” – Alain Badiou]     The audience is scanned to see who is laughing when, when a lip wrinkles, when a fleeting look of disgust or annoyance or boredom crosses a face. These observations are fed into the next evening’s production, and the next.     Eventually, perfection is reached and only a vapid pleasure survives. <END> THE SUNDAY PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or in StumbleUpon, … [Read more...]