Theater Superstition # 11

Photo of a sculpture of Thespis sitting in a chair, holding a head with two more heads on a table in front of him

Beware of a visit from the ghost of Thespis.

When something goes wrong in the theatre, those in the know will point to the ghost of Thespis as the culprit. Ancient Greek sources identify Thespis as the first actor to step out of the chorus and play an actual character. He is the father of all thespians. When theatres are not lucky enough to have their own ghosts, they rely upon Thespis to be the scapegoat for all the problems that might plague a production.