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Theatrical Superstitions: Sheen Center Exhibition

Yes, people have been telling actors to “break a leg” for hundreds of years, but not for the reason you may think, according to Rebekah Lazaridis in the video below. An actress since the age of 12 and a painter of stage sets, Lazaridis has created an art exhibition at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture exploring the most familiar theatrical superstitions — why you cannot whistle in a theater, or say the title of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” and what a ghost light is for, and why actors blame Thespis.

Entitled “Broken Legs” — she gets around to explaining that too — Lazaradis created all her art works using discarded theatrical scenery. “Each piece is painted in black and white on old tattered black velvet theater curtains (also known as ‘legs'”) — !! “They are then spliced (broken), skewed and reoriented, then stitched back together transforming into an entirely new image.”

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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