1920s Guignol puppet theatre, Paris.
"Funny, it seems like just yesterday, we were in Paris."
"What are you talking about? We were in Paris. We flew, remember? The airline charged us excess baggage for the theatre, after trying to make us ride in the cargo hold with all that horrid luggage! Now we're in Tucson."
"Where is that?"
"It's in Arizona, you moron. You know - desert, mountains, heat?"
"Ah, oui the heat. I have heard about this phenomenon. We are in the Wild West, non? But being a Parisien, it is my first experience with this, how you call it, countryside? C'est vrai."
"Don't worry, you can have some of Mademoiselle Vanessa's tea and you'll feel better."
"Ah, oui, c'est magnifique! It reminds me of the days of Prohibition when they were forced to pour vodka in their little teacups..."
"How do you know about Prohibition? You were in Paris, where anything goes! Remember the jazz?"
"Oui, bien sur, but I read about their problems in le journal. Those poor Americans, always brewing une petite tempest in a teacup..."
"Well it's not the '20s anymore. It's 2008! And Vanessa has prepared a beautiful feast for our enjoyment."
"Mais oui, she is quite the hostess. Perhaps we shall persuade her to accompany us to Paris. She could join us for tea and macaroons at Laduree."
"She doesn't have time to come to Paris. She's too busy hosting parties and creating art. She's famous, you know. I mean, just look at how many people have come to this party!"
"Certainly they came to see us perform?"
"What an ego you have! They're not even paying attention. They're having too much fun sampling the cakes and sweets."
"Why just last week, I was telling Ollie about the crowds, everywhere we go... Mon dieu! Wait a minute! Where do those girls think they are, the Folies Bergere? What are they doing with those little bird masks? I think they are confused. This is a tea party, not a masquerade party! They should go back to Paris!"
"Stop being rude. They're invited guests."
"C' est impossible! Who invited them? Were they on the same plane? We are the featured performers, after all. Ca suffit."
"Yes and they're here for Vanessa's tea and to watch our show. So shut up and sing!"
"Mon dieu - the nerve! Does anyone have manners in this country?"
"Of course they do. And they have been waiting patiently for our performance to begin..."
One-of-a-kind art dolls by Christine Alvarado.
Won't you join us for Vanessa's Mad-as-a-Hatter tea party at A Fanciful Twist?