[Theaterfacultystaff] Tantrum Theater?

St Lawrence, Robert stlawren at ohio.edu
Thu Jun 4 08:20:09 EDT 2015

Hi Guys!

I agree with Bill and would go with the "ambiguous, slightly edgy" qualities of the name alone; but, before everyone gets caught in the joke, I must point out that "Tantrum" is nowhere defined, including the OED, as a grouping of Bobcats.  (Anybody got a source for that idea other than some DOT actors?)  Bobcats are solitary and only come together to mate,  Which, actually, would lend some weight to Rebecca's suggestion, but.... :)

Now, the generic word for a grouping of cats (just plain cats) is a "Clowder".  Doesn't that sound Irish??

Just stirring the pot.


From: theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu [mailto:theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu] On Behalf Of Condee, William
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 6:14 PM
To: Denhart, Daniel; Lincoln, Michael; Theater List Serv
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I also think it is cool, and perhaps Dan is on to another idea in the definition: How about the Hissy Fit Theater?

Seriously, I like the ambiguous, slightly edgy quality of the name. Makes ya think, don't it? Dan's point, however, is worth considering for how a conservative Dublin clientele might react. But I say pitch it to them.

I'm mad as hell, so why not?


From: <Denhart>, Dan Denhart <denhart at ohio.edu<mailto:denhart at ohio.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:04 PM
To: "Lincoln, Michael" <lincolnm at ohio.edu<mailto:lincolnm at ohio.edu>>, theaterfacultystaff <theaterfacultystaff at listserv.ohio.edu<mailto:theaterfacultystaff at listserv.ohio.edu>>
Subject: Re: [Theaterfacultystaff] Tantrum Theater?

I think it's kinda of a cool  swing on the name but  is there any concern about the negative aspects of the word itself?
Wikipedia definition below:

A tantrum (or temper tantrum or tirade or hissy fit) is an emotional<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion> outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress, that is typically characterized by stubbornness<http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stubborn>, crying<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crying>, screaming<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screaming>, yelling<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelling>, shrieking<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrieking>, defiance<http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/defy>, angry<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angry> ranting<http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/rant>, a resistance to attempts at pacification and, in some cases, violence. Physical control may be lost, the person may be unable to remain still, and even if the "goal" of the person is met he or she may not be calmed. A tantrum may be expressed in a tirade: a protracted, angry, or violent speech.

Hopefully this is not the image that we will project with the name!

From: theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu<mailto:theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu> [mailto:theaterfacultystaff-bounces at listserv.ohio.edu] On Behalf Of Lincoln, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 5:56 PM
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Subject: [Theaterfacultystaff] Tantrum Theater?

Dear Theater Faculty,

The 2015 Class of MFA Actors called themselves Tantrum because they discovered that the collective noun for Bobcats is a Tantrum. It has been suggested that we name the Theater Company in Dublin Tantrum Theater. The Dean, Rachel Cornish, Dan Dennis and I have discussed this and like the idea and we wanted to bring it to you all and see if there are any objections or alternate suggestions. In addition to being an veiled reference to OHIO University, it is a fitting reference to the last class to appear at Monomoy. And it's not The Bobcats, god forbid! We need to decide on a name this summer in order for Advancement to start working on donors for the theater.


This is a website that references a Tantrum of Bobcats.


I hope your summers are going well. We finally have air conditioning back in Kantner!

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