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Variations on the Death of Trotsky Head Wound

  • 1.  Variations on the Death of Trotsky Head Wound

    Posted 12 days ago
    I'm a big fan of David Ives and every time we do a "Night of One Acts" I like to do one of his pieces.  I have always held back from "Variations on the Death of Trotsky" because of the importance of that darn mountain climber's axe sticking out of the head of the protagonist.  Do they actually sell plastic or hard rubber mountain climber's axes?  How does one go about attaching it to the actor's head?  Your insights into how to do this would be much appreciated!


  • 2.  RE: Variations on the Death of Trotsky Head Wound

    Posted 12 days ago
    It's not too hard.  We actually made ours out of styrofoam, painted it (with styrofoam paint), then attached it to a headband the same color as the actor's hair and then pinned the headband to his head.  It worked out great!  I love that one act. - it's so much fun.  Good luck!

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    Julie Ingram
    Bakersfield CA
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  • 3.  RE: Variations on the Death of Trotsky Head Wound

    Posted 11 days ago
    I've done this show twice. The first time was in a studio theatre, so we had to make sure it looked good from all angles. We used a lightweight toy plastic hammer, cut most of the head away, and hot glued it into a cheap curly brunette wig. we painted over the glue and part of the wig with shiny red paint to look like fresh blood. It looked great.
    It's a good idea to get the right "Trotsky" beard, mustache and glasses, just in case you have a history teacher in the audience.

    Billy Houck
    Theatre Teacher, Retired
    Carmichael, CA





  • 4.  RE: Variations on the Death of Trotsky Head Wound

    Posted 7 days ago
    Thanks for your advice, Julie and Billy.  I'm going to play around with it this summer and if I can get it to look good, I know I can try presenting it at our next Night Of One Acts!