Open Strong-toastedflatbread

Theatre is an enigma of society and no matter how deeply it is studied, it will always hold secrets unbeknownst to the rational world. People tend to live their lives in realistic, understandable ways-wake up, go to work, eat food, sleep, and repeat. This life is comprehensible, comfortable, and predictable; it’s reality. However, in very specific situations, people are willing to throw all sense of reality away and forget about the current moment. This occurs when theatre is being created. The role of puppets in theatre is constantly being explored; the opportunities that exist in the puppet world are limitless and it is the puppeteer’s job to dig into them. Puppets have proved for centuries to act as valuable teaching tools with which people can sympathize and learn. This makes them valuable assets for society. They can spark change and emotion like no other art or communication form can-this should be understood and used to reach larger audiences of all ages to discuss important issues and events in the world.

There is an extremely fine line that exists between “genuine” and “imaginary” in a performance setting. Furthermore, there is an arguably finer line between “inanimate” and “alive” in a performance setting. No matter what role someone plays in a performance-performer, director, audience member, etc, as long as they are witnessing a performance, specifically a live performance, they no longer exist in a comprehensible space-they have been transported to an unreal reality. It is astonishing that people are willing to accept theatre as an authentic situation, especially knowing all the while that it is merely an imitation. Understanding the human brain and its connection to the inanimate world answers many questions about why puppets are a valuable tool for society. These inanimate objects can and should be used to communicate with audiences of all ages, backgrounds, etc about difficult topics and important aspects of life that may be tough to communicate otherwise.

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4 Responses to Open Strong-toastedflatbread

  1. davidbdale says:

    I admire your earnest attempt to grapple with an enigma, Flatbread. And you’ve done a nice job in both of your Model Openings of poking at the intricacies. If I’m already interested in reality versus illusion, or if I’m already intrigued by puppets or theater in general, I’ll probably be comfortable giving you a paragraph to gradually warm to the topic, but if you’re going to bury the lede toward the end of your opening, you should make it more of a “ta-da!” moment.

    Personally, I would identify puppets much earlier as your true topic. And in either paragraph, I would be sure my first sentence had a very robust Subject and Verb. At the moment, yours are:
    1. Theater is; it will hold
    2. There is; line exists

    When reality and illusion and puppets are at your disposal, it’s a shame to waste your first sentence on “it” and “line.”

    What’s the real subject of your first sentence? THEATRE. What’s the robust verb? HIDE? CLOAK? CONCEAL? SUPPRESS?

    What’s the real subject of your second version? I’m not sure. UNREALITY? IRREALITY? ARTIFICIALITY? I know it’s not There; I know it’s not Line.

    I hope this was helpful, Flatbread, but even if it’s not, I need your response to show you respect the feedback process. Thanks!

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    • toastedflatbread22 says:

      This is incredibly helpful! I will be sure to address PUPPETS earlier on. I will also be sure to add some humor to address how ridiculous puppets really are, despite how seriously we take them sometimes. Do you like how I am grappling with “real” vs “imaginary” in this opening? I just want to make sure it fits ok and won’t send me off track.


      • davidbdale says:

        Nothing makes me happier than being incredibly helpful. 🙂

        I do like very much that you’re grappling with real vs. imaginary. AND I want to remind you that nothing in theater is real, so . . . puppets are just another setting on the Unreality dial. There’s real death, actors playing death, actors playing someone pretending death, . . . puppets!

        Thank you for responding. Let me know when more questions arise. And I’m very happy to hear The Sentence is holding your interest.

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  2. davidbdale says:

    Two more things.
    1. Keep your sense of humor. Puppets can help us face tough realities, but they’re always amusing illusions. If your paragraph ended with “But all of that philosophizing disappears when a puppet sits in our lap,” you can have your cake and eat it too.
    2. Be one of the people. When you talk about what people do, you set yourself aside from or above all humans. Readers resent that. Use “we” instead of “people.” What do “we” do in the theater?

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