Tag Archives: theatre


The Curse of the Scottish play

G: You can’t say Macbeth during any rehearsals or theater-related entourage. I think this has something to do with the play being a huge tragedy. When my high school teacher explained this to me he said: “well it’s because by the end of the play everyone is dead.” And you have to run 5 laps… Continue Reading »

Theatre Rite of Passage: Pre-Show Game

Context: The informant, a 20-year-old female college student, was describing rituals, related to both her family and her passion for theatre, that she believes help define different facets of her identity. The following is an excerpt from our conversation, in which she describes a pre-show ritual that she witnessed several USC MFA Acting students take part… Continue Reading »

Macbeth in the Theatre

Context: Subject had worked Theater production in high school and had been exposed to many superstitions surrounding ideas of bad luck, prevention, and reversal methods. Informant: [Speaking face to face in a lounge while studying for classes] “The whole Macbeth rumor… where if you are in a theater and you say the word ‘Macbeth,’ you… Continue Reading »

The Red Lady

Title: The Red Lady Category: Folk Object Informant: Julianna K. Keller Nationality: American, caucasian Age: 20 Occupation: Student Residence: 325 West Adams Blvd./ Los Angeles, CA 90007 Date of Collection: 4/09/18 Description: The “Red Lady” is a large red bong used by a select group of the theatre community at Trinity Valley High School in… Continue Reading »