The Battle for Blood (or time to make the magic)

Big Love. Not that Big Love, but a modern retelling of Aeschylus’ The Suppliants by Charles L. Mee.

Not familiar with The Suppliants?

Don’t know the plot of Big Love?

Click the links above if you want that sort of context, because this is not what this post is about. This post is about blood.

Blood.

Stage Blood. Stage blood on white dresses. White wedding dresses, to be accurate. Blood on white wedding dresses that miraculously reset to their pure, untouched state (shall I even say virgin?) for three dress rehearsals and 7 performances with one double show day.

Magic. The words of the playwright combining with the desires of the director and the selection of the designer. Magic. “Magic”. Magic on demand. Time to make the magic…

Front wedding dress; Amazon—Conail Coco Women Ruched Waist Rhinestone Casual Tulle Semi-Formal Long Wedding Bridesmaid Dress

Back wedding dress; Amazon—Conail Coco Women Ruched Waist Rhinestone Casual Tulle Semi-Formal Long Wedding Bridesmaid Dress

Take several dress purchases constructed from polyester and nylon net, add the need for washable, on stage blood effects, and one gets…

The Battle of the BLOOD RECIPES!

In the three corners… we have one dress with the test of three recipes.

  1. Reel blood
  2. Ben Nye (or “Kolpert” blood, as it was articulated to me)
  3. My blood recipe

And the “conversations” that follow necessitate a test…a war of blood if you will. Three recipes applied in three wound areas, left to dry overnight, then machine washed and hung to dry.

The result?

Now standing 10 feet away…

…now five feet away…

…now right next to.

In extreme close up, my blood…

… Kolpert high and Ben Nye blood below. A choice of three.

Which one do you think we chose?

If you’d like to either weigh in on this debate or would like my recipe, send us an email and let us know!

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