Tuesday, April 1, 2014
After having success using modeling clay to make slice-able cheese and sausage last summer, I was excited to try it again for the liverwurst in The Suicide.
This time the sausage didn't need to be sliced, but it did need to be used for all sorts of "bits" in this very physical comedy. The clay gave the liverwurst a very believable weight without it being dangerous to hit someone with, gently, in scene.
It was rigid enough to be used as a fake gun in someone's pocket, and could be molded and manipulated by the actors for an endless number of phallic jokes.
The clay did get a bit dirty by the end of rehearsals and the run (which was only one weekend because this was a college show). For a longer run I would have needed to be prepared with backups.