Brahms’ Lullaby plays, fading into—
Bert: Good evening and welcome to this hour of “Mother Goose Children’s Theatre,”
bringing you safe theatre for your bedtime stories. Which is like casting Shirley Temple in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I’m your host, Bertolt Brahms.
In the news today: It was discovered in some of George Bernard Shaw’s last diary entries that he was starting to write a new play that would fit nicely as a follow up to Babe, and Babe, Pig in the City. This new play, called Pig Mailin’, will feature James Cromwell as a postal service worker.
A revival of interest in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire has prompted a flood of poetry contest entries by middle school students nationwide. This winning poem will be featured in the next scholarly article published by Mother Goose Children’s Theatre and will be reviewed by myself, Bertolt Brahms:
Brando had a little wife
Her sister felt so low
And everywhere that Stanley went
Dear Blanche was sure to go.
And now, Theatre News from around the world: Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, has been touring successfully in Great Britain. They were scheduled to show in London this week. Unfortunately, London Bridge is Falling Down, so the performance has been moved to next week.
In light of the Christmas holidays, we bring you the summary of our production of the children’s ballet, The Nutcracker:
Hickory, dickory, dock.
The Mouse ran up the clock.
Found his attacker
Hickory, dickory, dock.
And now for a Little Literary Lesson:
There was a Grotowski who lived in a shoe
He had so little money, he didn’t know what to do.
He wrote down his thoughts, and called it a book,
If only “Poor Theatre” was available on Nook.
And now, Bedtime Discussion. This week, we will be studying Pop, Goes the Weasel from the perspectives of Stanislavski, Artaud, and Boal.
All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought ’twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel.
Discussion questions include the following:
-From a Stanislavski perspective, discuss what motivates the monkey to chase the weasel.
-From Artaud’s perspective, discuss how the weasel’s popping may have affected the monkey. Also discuss the influences of the monkey and the weasel in Eastern theatre.
-From Boal’s perspective, was the chasing incident or the popping incident more effective in “purging” the monkey, the weasel, or the potential audience?
Finally, we travel through history as this particular story unfolds. It’ll be a Walk to Remember.
Once upon a time, there was a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He had suffered a Long Day’s Journey into Night, intent upon walking Beyond the Horizon. He made it All the Way Home to Anna Christie, who exclaimed, “Looks like you had The Time of Your Life! How’d ya make it? Did ya Look Homeward, Angel?” The cat had climbed over Fences, Driving Miss Daisy crazy. That resulted in a Street Scene in Our Town that night, bringing about The Death of a Salesman. The cat learned that day How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. As the Salesman lay there dying, contemplating the Crimes of the Heart, experiencing Doubt, searching for Proof that he wasn’t Ruined, he saw the Angels in America. They saw him holding the Cat and said, “You Can’t Take It With You. You’re not Icebound, but you are Hell-bent Fer Heaven and will be In Abraham’s Bosom.” At the funeral, The Subject Was Roses and he was like a Buried Child. As the cat dozed off, no longer Lost in Yonkers, it seemed to The Old Maid that his purring was his way of saying “’Night Mother.”