#veralinus origins
After an amazing summer residency at Salem Art Works in July of 2013, the groundwork for what has become our creative romp on the city of New York began.  Over this past year we have further developed this game-like and real-time theatrical experience and we dedicate our work to the late Terayama Shuji and Tenjo Sajiki's 1975 street performance "Knock".

With the combination of asocial and group collaboration, experimental technology, physical movement training and the poetry of Jesse Ball and Thordis Bjornsdottir's Vera & Linus, our show has become an evolving theatrical work, featuring the unsuspecting public as the primary element to complete our tales.
Notes:

A METHOD FOR WAY-LAYERS AND OTHER LIKE SORTS DEVISED BY L. FOR PRACTICAL USE. IN 27 PARTS or LESSONS.
 
PART OR LESSON SIXTEEN.
 
Be of good fortune in word and deed. Make it so that no one may suspect you – for you are so kind, for you are so splendid, so dear. To suspect you would be to question a tract of moral hope. THEN you will be unreachable.
 
PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS.
 
A PLEASANT GRIN OR SMILE. Not too much teeth. Less. That’s better.
 
TREAD LIGHTLY IN MIXED COMPANY. Women are so easy to offend. Especially sisters. Or worse. Twins.
 
BE SURE TO ALWAYS HAVE A CLEAN HANDKERCHIEF ON YOUR PERSON. Offer it widely and frequently. A DIRTY ONE WILL SURELY BRING YOU THE LEAST FAVORABLE RESULTS.

GO TO CHURCH WEEKLY IF NOT MORE. And be sure to be heard praying often, loudly and with much shaking of the fists.  Pray often. And pray especially for the sick and ugly, and those waylayed.

IF A LADY, NEVER WEAR TOO MUCH MAKEUP. Modesty is paramount, but one look must inspire fervor, passion, obsession, and above all, terror.

LAUGH AT WEAK JOKES. And bestow well-crafted compliments upon those you detest.

OFFER PLEASANT EYE CONTACT. But not so much as to be intimidating.

NEVER CRITICIZE A NEIGHBOR PUBLICALLY. Dispose of them in other ways.

SMILE WHEN YOU ARE SEEN. And strive to be witty. Everybody loves a pun.

ALSO BE WELL VERSED IN IDIOMS AND ETIQUITTE.

NEVER SMOKE IN FRONT OF CHILDREN OR THE ELDERLY. Especially on Christmas.

IF EVER CAUGHT ENGAGING IN DISREPUTABLE BEHAVIOR, DEAL WITH THE WITNESS IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT MERCY. Leave no trace. Operate in all stealth and cleverness. Cover your tracks. Wash your hands. Wear gloves. Adopt a disquise. A mask should do nicely.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to A. Cafritz of Salem Art Works, writers J. Ball & T. Bjornsdottir, Terayama-fan M. Ikuta, artists involved in prepping the work: J. Moliere, C. Nicholson, S. Treanor, S. Romagnolo, P. Delahunt, A. Hayes & Sage of M45 Clothing, and for the generous contributions from: M. McMorris, V. Pendergrass, P. Salvo, R. Rivera, P. Bird, E. Villalobos of Villalobos Bros, M. Gabriel, T. Hagos, A. Kauhini, R. Cachola, K. Rattley, G. Ferrer, P. Valentine, S. Featheran, M. Erfani, T. Madden of PlayBuilders, M. Chadwick, J. Kittrell, D. Dandrea, A. Yocom, K. Douglas, D. Mandel of Harvey Eyeballs, D. Glipsie, C. Carter, J. Santos, J. Rosania, N. Pursell, L. Sidman, M. Michener & J. Michener of AHHAH, S. Vodoor.