Ever wondered why actors don’t wear green onstage? Or never wish each other “good luck”? Or avoid whistling in the dressing room? Or refuse to mention a certain Shakespeare play by name?
“BREAK A LEG!” A TREASURY OF THEATRE TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS is a fascinating compendium of facts and fancies about theatre life, exploring the origin of the colorful traditions and superstitions that are as vital a part of theatre as the plays onstage.
Includes entries on: Cats, Candles & Curtains • Peacock, Mirrors & Make-up • Flowers, Jewelry & Thread • The Gypsy Robe • The Ghost Light • Opening Night! • Why Is It Called “the Green Room”? • Don’t Quote the Scottish Play! • St. Genesius & Other Saintly Aids to Actors • Unusual Theatre Terms • Famous Actors and Their Superstitions • Stage Turkeys and the Notorious Broadway Moose • Theatre Ghosts . . . and much more.
“BREAK A LEG!” A TREASURY OF THEATRE TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS is the perfect Opening Night gift for your favorite theatre friends or for anyone interested in theatre life and lore.