the charm of the unexpected performer

“It’s easy to maintain emotional distance from ‘characters in a play,’ especially when those characters are barely characters at all, more suggestion than articulation. It is much more difficult to maintain that same distance with someone from the audience who could have been you, or is you, appearing onstage unexpectedly, doing their best without any preparation. This immediacy, the charm of the unexpected performer, generates a flash of internal empathy that is stoked from glow to flame, and suddenly, a show that had previously felt somewhat feeling-averse is abruptly infused with something approaching joy.”

Source: Geoff Sobelle’s House Party – ‘HOME’ at BAM – Culturebot

This way to the House of Shadows

If someone described me as ‘crafty’ I would assume they meant in the cunning, sly, full of plans way (and I wouldn’t be sure whether to be complimented or outraged). That said, this book, L. Delaney’s House of Shadows, is rather appealing:

A puppet narrator — created by artist Dr. Superhelga — walks readers through the crowded rooms of his eerie Victorian mansion in this unique combination of a storybook and craft guide. The curiosities that L. Delaney exhibits in full-color photographs form the miniature, step-by-step projects detailed in the second part of the book. Suitable for dollhouses, shadow boxes, and other displays, the items include books, candles, picture frames, furniture, and much more, including the very haunted house itself.

[Source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486817326/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=ldel-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0486817326&linkId=ef0a748edaeb3b672ab738d6277a3f1b]