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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday Superstition Thespis

Saturday Superstition Thespis

Theaters are famous for their many ghosts, but one ghost in particular is often part of theatrical superstition.

Thespis, according to writings by Aristotle, is the first person who spoke lines as an actor onstage. This was in ancient Athens, and the date has been narrowed down (maybe) to November 23, 534BCE. Seriously. This is also where the term “thespian” comes from, meaning one who acts.

The ghost of Thespis is believed to travel the world, moving from theater to theater and creating havoc. Therefore, any odd, mysterious, or terrible thing that happens in a theater or during a performance is first blamed on the ghost of Thespis. Especially if the unfortunate event happens to occur on November 23rd.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #133:
“The ghost of Thespis is thought to create mischief in a theater.”

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“Act well your part; there all the honour lies.”
― Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

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