This play, ohhh this play! If you love myth and magic, folklore and ballads, Scottish music, interactive staging & rhymed verse drama, it’s worth coming to NYC to see *The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.* It’s performed in one of the bars of The McKittrick Hotel, which also boasts Sleep No More–in fact, you get a shot glass of Aberlour when you come in, and can buy more bar drinks at intermission. You sit at your table–don’t move!–but an actor may climb up on it at some point. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed it (tonight) half so much if Linda Lee & friends hadn’t invited me to the American Folklore Society meeting last fall…. Prudencia is a collector of ballads who meets a collector of…souls. But first she attends Scotland’s most annoying folklore conference ;) I will say no more for fear of spoilers - but if you wished you could have seen the NY production of HADESTOWN twice, you’ll probably want to see PRUDENCIA once. It’s a production of the Scottish National Theater, in town until April 23rd. It’s very funny, very moving, full of surprises (though Delia guessed one of them!) and live music, most of it traditional.



This is one of the short films made as part of the Legendy Polskie cycle (”Polish Legends”). Directed and designed by a CGI artist acclaimed worldwide, Tomasz Bagiński, the cycle aims to present Polish folklore in a new manner, and to prove that fantasy films can be done well (or better!) outside of Hollywood.

The goal is to combine modern, world-class filmmaking with… some of the more typical aspects of Polish-ness, not only where legends are concerned.

This installment in the series does not require knowing any particular legend, the English subs are passable (though it’s less funny, some of this stuff is not very translate-able), so it’s pretty accessible to general public.

Also, really cool.

For explanations of some things that may perplex foreigners, see below.

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Faun Aesthetic ; requested by @rusticca

The faun is a mythological half human–half goat manifestation of forest and animal spirits that would help or hinder humans at whim. Romans believed fauns inspired fear in men traveling in lonely, remote or wild places. They were also capable of guiding humans in need.

Anubis Aesthetic

Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumed different roles in various contexts. Depicted as a protector of graves as early as the First Dynasty (c. 3100 – c. 2890 BC), Anubis was also an embalmer. One of his prominent roles was as a god who ushered souls into the afterlife. He attended the weighing scale during the “Weighing of the Heart,” in which it was determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead. Despite being one of the most ancient and “one of the most frequently depicted and mentioned gods” in the Egyptian pantheon, Anubis played almost no role in Egyptian myths. Anubis was depicted in black, a color that symbolized both rebirth and the discoloration of the corpse after embalming. His female counterpart is Anput. His daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet.