This is a SATIRE.
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People always asked me, why I don´t have any male dolls…I never knew what to say, because the answer isn´t that easy.
First of all, some of the male dolls are not my style. Others have rather simple faces…At least that´s my private opinion.
Kinsman´s are out of the question for some reasons and Iplehouse boys don´t have the right size for my 16″ girls. I would like to have some Jamieshow guys, but they are expensive and seldom to find on the secondary market in Europe.
So I gave up and went on with my bunch of girls….But one day, the “man” subject suddenly turned up again and everything changed….But look for yourself…
The stage is empty, the theater closed. But a few actors are in.
Some work on the settings, others enjoy lunch together between rehearsals. It´s a quiet and normal day….But suddenly…
“There´s a MAN!”
“We need to build a barricade!”
“Helena, don´t get so close! Be carefull! He might bite!”
“Sorry to disturb…But is this the “Humble Little Doll Theater”?
“Yes it is…But what are YOU doing here?”
“I´m the new member of the theater company!”
“How could our director do this to us?”
“We were totally happy without any men!”
“I don´t know, what came to her mind! Men ALWAYS bring lots of trouble!”
“But he´s here now…So what are we going to do”?
Sorry to interrupt…I don´t know, how you usually welcome new members…But don´t you think, it´s a bit awkward for me to stand in front of you ladies with nothing but underpants? Shouldn´t I have some clothes?
“Be glad for the pants! Some of US came NUDE !”
“Do MEN need cloth”?
“I go and fetch some!”
“But you over there- KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!”
Soon Midnight comes back….
“Well…Thanks! But that isn´t exactly, what I was thinking about, when I asked for cloth!”
“But that´my favourite ballgown!”
“Say, aren´t you a vidious feller!”
“O, Midnight! You´re such an airhead! What he needs is MENS CLOTH!”
“Mens cl….? OH!”
“But we haven´t any!”
“Then it´s up to our director!”
“If you think, it´s necessary, to bring a man in here, shouldn´t you take the responsibility for him”?
Of course, a director should….So the cloth come in!
“Much better now! Thank you!”
“A bit unfamiliar for us girls, but it suits you! What´s your name?”
“Edward….Edward…Didn´t I use the name for a hero in one of my novels…If I could only remember, which one it was…”
“Oh! What a burdon, to be over 200 years old!”
“…What was that….?”
“Oh, don´t give it to much attention. That was only Law, our “Jane”-impersonator. She does it quiet often. ”
“Come with me, Edward. After your long journey, you should have some food and relaxation!”
While Helena takes care for Edward, the girls start to remove the barricades and clean up the mess.
Soon, all goes back to normal and Edward sits beside the girls…
“What did you do, before you came here, Edward?”
“Well…..I played a Vampire.”
“A Vampire! that´s usefull! Our director thinks about a Halloween-special this year…Maybe that´s, why she hired you!” You would make a brillant “prince of darkness!”
“O Yes! And we could be your brides!”
“…How many girls work here?”
“26, including our two Miss Ghastley.”
“26! That´s to much brides, even for a prince of darkness!”
“Don´t worry. Maybe we´re lucky and our director can´t manage to sew all the costumes and provide the scenes and the vampire play will be cancelled!”
“How´s our director”?
“She´s not only our director but also the theaters owner, manager, lighting technician and costume designer … She´s a bit crazy, but treats us good. We can get a lot of nice props and cloth and the work isn´t to hard. You will like it here!”
Directors voice from the off:
“I wasn´t sure, if it was a good idea to put a cat among the pidgeons. But in Edwards case, its more like I put a pidgeon among the cats….But he´s clever, he will do fine and maybe become a friend and mascot for the girls!
The Man Edward Cullen
The sensible girl Helena (actually Sidney)
The Airhead Midnight
The whole bunch of actors :
Sidney, Law, Doku, Brenda Starr, Blue Inque, Mama Morton, Cross, Tulabelle, Velma Kelly, Esmé
Costumes by “The House of Eder” on the Humble Little Doll Theater
I didn´t employ Edward for his Vampire-past. The truth is: He was availabel, affordable and I liked his face.
And of course I had many, many issues with my new play. Edward did a good job, he stood sound on his two big feet, but to make high-heeled girls pose without a stand…Well, I whined about that many times before. And the light was another problem. Sometimes too bright, sometimes too dark, but I did my best.
Midnight surprised me this time. She´s not my favourite doll. I employed her, because of her aggressive look and the fact, that she has a “gripping hand”. I don´t have the courage to change the hands on my other sybs, so Midnight was usefull on that matter. She is also versatile. She makes a good villain, excentric and the perfect airhead. I used her with different wigs in former plays, but was astonished, how soft and beautiful she looks with this long wig in a bright shade of hazelnut. But after all, her new beauty didn´t help her- She had to play the airhead again….
To cover the table with all the food items was fun. Thanks to the French and their tradtion of “Feves”, aka “Galettes des rois”, I could get some beautiful ceramic miniature goodies.
Those “feves” (the word means “beans”) were used to bake them into the cake for the day of the three holy kings on 6. of january. The one who got the feve, was king or queen for a day. Very simple pieces of ceramic in earlier days, they are now intricate, colorful subjects of collection and available in a wide range of variations .