theatre (7)

an episodically published poem
link to beginning

stand in the light
feel it on your body
the light holds you on stage
it draws you there
paints you
presents you

learn how to stand in the light
how to bathe in it
unconsciously

the light separates you
from the background
works with your makeup
and costume and gesture
to make your character larger
than the life you live

feel the light illuminating
at sixty degrees
from at least four angles
in four hues:
bastard amber, surpise pink, steel and straw
stronger over your shoulder
than on your face.
Illumination is magic
by design:
for Shakespeare
it was sky, tapers and torches:
then the magic of
limelight:
for you
it is projections, gobos
silhouettes, scrims
contrast complement
descrimination emphasis
mood tone

Magic

still
magic

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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