Palace intrigue

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) never turn down an opportunity to tackle a period piece, especially a court drama so full of grandiosity and spectacle. The troupe dove head first into making costumes and a set for this scene in the throne room/banquet area of the royal palace.

Supporting actors were brought up from the castle dungeon to play their roles as royal apologists. Knees shaking, they demure to his majesty, who guards his claim to the throne, declaring “I rated 5 stars and you didn’t!”. Just ask the royal chief strategist, lurking in the shadows with staff in alt-right hand, awaiting his fate after irking and upstaging the leading man. The court is teaming with suspense over whose head(s) will be the next to roll!

Meanwhile, the wardrobe department had their hands full fitting and dressing the cast in regal attire.

On the set, the director staged the actors for maximum dramatic effect.

Between rehearsals, the Wee Folk Players took a well deserved break backstage.

What royal table is complete without a bowl of grapes? Cast members kept trying to nibble a few, only to find out they were as hard as glass! It can be a challenge to figure out what is real and what is fake around here!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.

Needle Nonsense revisit

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While cleaning up my studio last summer, I came across a plastic bag full of small characters and other props I’d made years ago. The items were used in place of words in a rebus I wrote and illustrated sometime around 2000 for Threads Magazine’s Closures page.

Since then, I’ve shared cell phone photos on Instagram and Facebook of little things I’ve found around my studio. The easiest way to do this was to hold them in my left hand while clicking the camera with my right hand. I realized that showing the scale of these tiny objects with a human hand as a reference point makes you see them differently. The uptick in viewer responses to these images led me to look for more small scale items to photograph in my fingers.

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I looked at the printed rebus again and noticed how the images floating on the white page give no sense of scale. Other than the found objects like the buttons, needle and spools of thread, there’s no way of knowing the real size of the handmade objects.

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With these new photos, you can see just how small everything is.

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Class Outing

This week, Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) bring you along on a school field trip to the White House. A chaperon was required to keep tabs on the gaggle of children as they made their way through the historic residence. Predictably, things got a little out of hand, as you’ll see in the photo at the end of this post.

During the tour, the youngsters were treated to some surprise entertainment from the Tweeter-in-chief himself, who flew in unannounced. He regaled them with stories of his own rise in power and encouraged them to follow his exemplary model. He even offered some winning advice to the next generation of Americans to reach their full potential, “Think big, never apologize, disclaim responsibility and bully your way to the top.”

It took several takes to get the scene just right, as the leading man shape-shifted without warning between anthropoid and fowl.

The visit was educational and memorable, and stories are sure to be passed down through history!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read  this interview.

March for Science

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) welcome signs of spring, rebirth and perseverance — birds singing, plants flowering and protesters chanting…

MARCH FOR SCIENCE — Listen to Evidence — 
On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017, scientists will walk out of the lab and into the streets for the March for Science. The march will take place in Washington DC, as well as 100’s of satellite locations around the country and the world. Their website explains:

“It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.”

“The March for Science is a celebration of science.  It’s not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?”

The prop crew made this wee globe, fashioned after the official logo of a certain real estate and hotel empire.

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.

Nightmare on Pennsylvania Ave.

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) bring back their favorite pair of leading strongmen for this haunting episode. The premise lays bare the complicated relationship between the superpower couple, which dissolves into a recurring bad dream that just won’t go away. I don’t mean to meddle, but who would’ve believed that their budding bromance could go so awry, when it was going to be SO beautiful?

The story has everything horror enthusiasts crave — spying, international intrigue, plot twists, deception, alternate reality, psychological manipulation, conspiracy theories and of course, out-sized male egos.

For the scene, the costume dept. devised a warm ushanka for the intruder to wear. It took exceptional prowess for him to climb high enough to make his way through the window (see below).

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.

Artificial Intelligence

It’s no secret that this is an especially productive time for the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch), with every news cycle delivering a goody bag full of ready-made scripts to add to the American Drama Series.

Today’s episode taps into the winning combination of tragicomedy and the latest in spy technology and stars the besieged Great Fabricator’s team of loyal Apologists.

Being true the story, the prop crew acquired a new appliance for the set — a special microwave oven with surveillance capabilities. When asked to elaborate about the custom zapper, the red Apologist quipped, “I’m not inspector gadget!”

Can you spy an example of strategic product placement on the set?

An operative sat outside and patiently listened in for signs of intelligent life. His set of noise cancelling headphones were fashioned out of old cloth covered buttons.

When it became evident that a cut away set was required for the scene, the exterior wall got some spiffing up.

As of press time, the saga is unresolved and threatens to become an international incident. Will the Apologists continue to stand by their chronically unapologetic man? Please stay tuned.

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.

Wonderland ex-Press

I am happy to report that the Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) have been pressed into service once again, with this special edition of a Lewis Carroll classic, set in the White House rose garden.

The lead, playing the Red Queen, delivered a brief quote-worthy headline, all in caps. As the story unfolded, more than a few questionable members of the press pool found themselves on the cutting room floor.

With an eye toward accuracy, the costume department used a variety of media and some anonymous sources to make articles of clothing.

They produced this corresponding video, too.

Other costumes were thoroughly researched and authenticated.

Here’s the Royal Apologist painting the roses red, in accordance with the Queen’s wishes.

Backstage, the cards shuffled around aimlessly when Seven, after calling his bluff, decked the Ace of Spades.

Strictly off the record, it was a challenge for the cast to stay on script while the cameras rolled. However, they pulled through with few revisions and even made the deadline!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have performed a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.