We spent more time than you would imagine debating what, if any, kind of facial hair the Grimms should have. Chris became entranced with the idea of greasepaint mustaches (like Groucho’s). Jacob Graham (our resident wizard aka scenic, sound, and video projection designer) believed we should wear fake mustaches that fall off as the machine is breaking. Ora said “I think this is ridiculous and we shouldn’t have facial hair, but IF we do, we should go all in and have big bushy fake beards.”
Then we snapped out of it and said “let’s just make a puppet show - no mustaches”
How did we fall down such a weird rabbit hole? Chris grew a muttonstache for Grimm! in 2015, and wanted to bring it back (despite the protests of his mother, girlfriend, and Ora) and suggested if everyone had mustaches it might be more of a thing. Weird. We know. We made the right choice. Chris’s stache looked good in period costume but in everyday life it was a little offputting.
We also have a great new idea that came out of our feedback session from our Puppetry at the Carriage House residency. We’re not the original Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm with some kind of unexplained timeloop wormhole. We (and Caroline and Eleonore’s characters) are like lesser cousins and 8th generation family members of this famous storytelling family, trying to make our mark in the storytelling business….