Holiday Reflections: The Iron Age Cast Gift PART 2

The Cast gift comes in four varieties.

One is a gift that includes the cast and the content of the show in some research-like mode. Gifts where information from the story of the play and the rehearsal process is juxtaposed with images from the production of the cast itself.

The second kind of gift is a miniature of the set or props from the show. This can be one item that is produced for the entire cast or individual items, one for each cast member in accordance with their role or personality.

Third is an abstract gift that is representational of the play itself. There is usually some metaphoric idea or symbolic idea.

The last is something absurd. This is usually something inspired by the run of the show but that is tenuously connected to the content of the play. It is as much about the act of doing the play as anything else. It could be pieces of set or props that speak to the action of the play or the meaning of the work.

GODOT

Waiting for Godot: Lucky’s Suitcase. A small version of Lucky’s Suitcase as created for the production. It is closed in this image

The Godot Gift Open with contents revealed.  Santa/Godot/God... A feather and a piece of vine all images from our play.

The Godot Gift Open with contents revealed. Santa/Godot/God… A feather and a piece of vine all images from our play.

Christie in Love Gift

Christie in Love: A Blow Up Doll Key chain. For Christie, I fashioned a blow up doll, just like the one we used in the production and that Christie killed each night, and with a rope, as Christie killed his woman in the play…I attached a key ring. This is the least likely to be shared gift in the pile.

Moon for the Misbegotten 1

Moon for the Misbegotten is riddled with some of the most beautiful language in all modern theater. The vivid imagery inspired Kate McLenigan and I to make cartoon puns of much of the lines in the play. We created a book of those puns, drawn night by night throughout the run of the show as well as puppets of many of the main characters and even “THE CRAWLIES” who never appear on stage. Each actor got one book and their own puppet.

The Pun Book Cover

The Pun Book Cover

A Page from the Pun Book: "The fat blond pig rolled me on the train"

A Page from the Pun Book: “The fat blond pig rolled me on the train”

For Fool for Love, I created a miniature Herradura bottle with a lasso attached. Each bottle was filled with a bit of tequila, although that evaporated (much like the love in the play.....)

For Fool for Love, I created a miniature Herradura bottle with a lasso attached. Each bottle was filled with a bit of tequila, although that evaporated (much like the love in the play…..)

MORE GIFTS IN PART 3

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