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General Thoughts

The Narrator, version two

So here’s a different approach, that is inspired, happily enough, by Neanderthaler’s Pygmy doc post.  This version hews much more closely to the action, so stage directions are included in square brackets.  W’ve only gotten as far as the first … Continue reading

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The Narrator, version one

So lately our focus has been largely on the story, but we’re still sticking to this idea that we’re doing a documentary — that is, there’s a narrator that speaks over the action of the play now and then, providing … Continue reading

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2 Things

Heinrich Q Wikepedistein delineates two separate Cavemen theatre set cultures, the Freiwandern and the Hohleblieb. Hohleblieb was based on the cave as a sacred location. The show was developed to fit the specific constraints of the cave. Fire and lamplight … Continue reading

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A set design notion

So we had a meeting with ol’ Jamie Nesbitt the other day; he’s the guy designing the video projections for the show.  We were talking about where to put the video projector, which is a complicated although important subject, perhaps … Continue reading

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Thing 1 and Thing 2

Of the twins, the oldest has es mommas visions and has drunk deeply of her method and talent, and this has carried er to premium economic and social rewards in the Main Cave. But e acts like e doesn’t recognize … Continue reading

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Yet another whole new theory

Okay, so there are several parts to the play at this point: the prehistoric story, the modern story, and the documentary-style commentary going on over top of it.  The prehistoric story seemed for the longest time to be the most … Continue reading

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Whole New Theory

Okay, so we’ve got this whole story being told by prehistoric shamans to tell their own creation myth, a kind of caveman’s Genesis, that involves a first human that has the first vision of a possible world, which strikes him … Continue reading

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Cannot figure out how to end this thing

Okay, so we started this whole thing with the idea that we would make a documentary about prehistoric humanity, and that somehow or other this would tie into the idea of happiness.  I think we’re only just now starting to … Continue reading

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the advantages of assuming the documentary authority

Dealing in prehistory, allows for great latitude when it come to our story, and the documentary style format allows us to pick and choose how we frame the decisions we made in this creation myth, or any one for that … Continue reading

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So maybe here’s a rough outline…

Enter The Tribe, to perform a creation ritual in the depths of a cave The Ritual is a Story, performed using Chanting and Shrieking and Banging on Drums and Rattling Rattles and making Totem-Puppets out of Bits of Bone and … Continue reading

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The Primal Horde

Anybody read Totem & Taboo: Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives of Savages & Neurotics, by ol’ Sigmund Freud? Just finished it myself.  I know Freud’s got a bad reputation these days, but it’s hard to deny that reading what he … Continue reading

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So is Twig a man or a woman?

Of course, it’s a politicized issue.  Ingenious gender neutral pronouns aside, we’ve been skirting the question for awhile.  It might not ordinarily be quite so big of an issue either way, but maybe because of the deep gender weirdness of … Continue reading

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How to make the Evolution of Imagination dramatic

An argument I might try to make: the evolution of the imagination, that is, the ability to envision situations that aren’t real (yet), also marks the evolution of leadership, because now there’s a vision originating in one person’s head that … Continue reading

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The Inner Napoleon

I recall (probably poorly) a lecture I heard in university, in some kind of psychology class.  The professor explained the common features of a psychotic episode: the sufferer believes that there is a great and cosmic battle going on, between … Continue reading

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The Wowerful Power of Now

How’s this for an idea? The initial impulse to do this show had something to do with the quest for happiness.  Hence, the title – Ignorance, as in, Ignorance is Bliss.  What’s bliss, and where does it come from, and … Continue reading

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Okay, whoa, sorry, we’re back.

Got all tangled up in touring for a bit there.  But we’re back on it now. We Trouts are in France, beleaguering the gentle & undeserving populace with our old show Famous Puppet Death Scenes.  However, we just had a … Continue reading

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Onwards, upwards

Our trio proceed through the darkness, guided by stinkolocation. The grade changes and they are moving upwards again. They pass a different drip, its cadence peculiar to them. They can smell a change in the air as they proceed; more … Continue reading

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Art

Another thought, from seeing the sunrise over the Caribbean ocean: nature is more beautiful than anything we could create.  But it’s also dangerous.  A painting of a storm at sea is nothing compared to the actual storm, but at least … Continue reading

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Cave party

So I’m in Playa del Carmen, which is a resort town on the east coast of Mexico.  It’s stunningly beautiful, no doubt about it, and of course that means that it’s also a fortified orgy-pit for the rich and deranged, … Continue reading

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Rock art

So that last post inspired me to link to some Australian rock and cave art. Some have been dated at around 12,000 years ago. Some are images of gods and ghosts from http://www.australiasnorthwest.com/en/Travel_Info/Conservation/Pages/Indigenous_Sites.aspx Some are celebrations (from http://www.edunetconnect.com/cat/timemachine/10000aa.html) and some … Continue reading

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