Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tenth Omen: Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Superstitious?  You should be.  The world is full of strange happenings and uncanny coincidences.  You meet someone as an adult that you grew up a block away from--but never met as a child.  You miss a train, then meet the love of your life while waiting for the next one.  You bump into someone on the street the day they post on your facebook wall.*  I'm told that in Jamaica, a man on a moped was struck and killed by a taxi driver at a certain intersection.  The next year, his brother was struck and killed on his moped at the same intersection . . . by the same taxi driver . . . carrying the same passenger.  How many black cats do you have to kick to earn that kind of car-ma? 

Maybe these things have nothing to do with whether you walk under ladders, break mirrors, or always set your television to channel 3 before turning it off . . . but then again, maybe they do.  With that in mind, is it coincidence that this Friday, the 13th, marks the final performance of "T: An MBTA Musical" at OBERON?

The origins of the Friday the 13th superstition are unclear.  Since the 14th century in Europe, Friday has been considered an unlucky day; the number 13 has been considered unlucky since Jesus chose twelve apostles and sat down to dinner with them.^  On Friday, October 13, 1307, hundreds of members of the Knights Templar were arrested in France, but only Dan Brown, who is still outselling me on, thinks this incident was the origin of the superstition.

Wherever the superstition comes from, Friday the 13th is still a real head-turner, and closing our show that day is, without a doubt, the tenth omen in a long series of signs foretelling my future fame.  Is it a good omen?  Who knows.  Is Fame good?  Let's say, "yes." 

But what if ticket sales plummet, lights fall from the grid, and actors get stomach viruses?  Well, then we'll take fate into our own hands.  If things are looking dreary for this weekend's show, if we can't overcome centuries of bad luck, divine misfortune, and Pech, then we'll just cancel the performance, take what actors we have left, and put on a different show 10:30 this Friday at OBERON. 
As a back-up, we're already in rehearsals for Macbeth.

You can get tickets here**, but only if you promise not to step on any cracks en route to the theater.

The omens so far:

1. My Zeitgeist Stage check
2. I Burned My Face
3. A Book
4. I'm on National Television!
5. I'm an inspiration to the young!
6. Prophecy!
7.The T Pays Off
9. Like New!
10. Friggatriskaidekaphobia
11. ??
12. ??
13. probably a giant check


* This, the most uncanny of all.

^ Also, how many letters are in the names of famed serial killers "Albert DeSalvo," "Charles Manson," "John Wayne Gacy," and "Jeffrey Dahmer?"

** For "T," not Macbeth.

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