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New characters for Break a Leg?


As I mentioned in my Intercon M con report, I'm considering adding new characters to Break a Leg. I felt a pretty big weight off my shoulders when I submitted my second packet of assignments for school on Tuesday, so I think two short little character sheets for a silly larp wouldn't be too big a burden to take on. The question is, who would they be?

Most of the characters in that game are drawn from the play they are based on, Merely Players. Cornelia the director became Cornelia/Cornelius Finch. Audrey the stage manager is Audrey/Aubrey McCaffey. Malcolm the leading man became Malcolm Standish. Dionyza the diva became Diana Caruso. Arcite became Nicholas/Nicolette Arcite. Orlando the lover became Oliver Hollyhock. There is no analogue to Sylvia the ingenue, because she served as straight man in that play and I was afraid that might not be a fun role in a silly larp. The three techie characters in the show, Valeria, Cressida, and Charmian, were not used for similar reasons, and were instead replaced by Winky, who is instead the techie stereotype of "inscrutable weirdo." ;-) The eight character is wholly original, the fast-talking producer Stella/Stellan Moreau.

So that leaves the question of what the theoretical new characters could be. I suppose I could experiment with including a Sylvia character, try to figure out a way to make her funny to play in this context and just consider her inclusion a test to see if she works. If she doesn't, I could always cut her back out. Or I could brainstorm what positions in the theater I haven't created a character to represent yet and see if I can write a character around the heretofore unused job. There are also a couple of NPCs in the game that could theoretically be turned into PCs. As it is, most of the those are designed to be time-released, or only present intermittently, and I'm not sure how they would work if they were present all the time. But maybe there's a way to rework them--

Oh. Just thought of how I could make one work. Ha. That could be funny. Ha.

Okay, there's something to this. I can think of at least one new character I can include. I'd like to have at least two, but I guess there's no rule.

Second round sign ups open tonight. It might depend on whether or not I get a waitlist. If I get one or two more people, I might say what the hell and just up the player count to let them in.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 7th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
What about a theater critic?

On the other hand, I don't think the game needs, or necessarily wants, more characters. It seemed pretty right-sized to me, although a slightly larger room might have been appreciated.
Mar. 8th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree, but if there's player interest, it might be worth it to see if a couple more fit in. Just to put more slots on the schedule. if they don't work/don't fit/don't help, I can always cut them out of the next run.
Mar. 8th, 2013 04:56 am (UTC)
The actor who plays multiple characters. Is it just an act? Or is it multiple-personality disorder? A one-player horde!
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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