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I was looked at oddly when I talked about how cool it would be to leave your skull to theatre.

I read about how every tragedian worth his salt in Booth's age carried a skull in case they were called on to play Hamlet.

This tops it all....http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_897418.html?menu=news.weirdworld.badtaste


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May. 1st, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)

I won't die in time. I have to wait fifteen years!!!!
May. 1st, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, no, I would NOT work on a show that featured a real corpse. Sorry. Just too damned strange.
May. 1st, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Beautiful People
Mark and Janet
May. 2nd, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful People
Wow - that was a lot of flash :)
May. 2nd, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
I had heard about a theatre custodian who bequeathed his skull to the theatre; it was to be used as Yorick in any future productions of Hamlet. As such, I don't think it's weird to leave your skull to a theatre.

As for the casting call for a dead body: EW! Just EW!
May. 2nd, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
There is a lot to be gained from having a real skull. I watched a high-school production of Hamlet where they swiped the skull from a plastic skeleton in a biology classroom. The problem was the skull did not carry enough weight, and would roll unconvincingly whenever ANYTHING happened nearby.

Not to be deterred, they put some nuts on a bolt, and wedged it up inside the mouth, where it stayed... until the line.

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew..." at which point the bolt drops out of the bottom, lands on the Hamlet's foot, and the Hamlet dropped the skull. The skull rolled off the stage into the orchestra pit, from where we heard a scream.

After a painful silence, Horatio said "Obviously a fellow of infinite jest"
May. 2nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Oh God! That is fantastic!

We were given a skull while we were performing in Scotland, Some folks thought it was indecent not to have a skull and just use a Complete Works. As Stage Manager, one of my jobs was to get the skull through Customs and I didn't know if it was real or not. Much hilarity ensued......
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