do you ever just hate a bad guy so much you literally yell at the screen
“YOU LITTLE SHIT”
and then you sit back and realize
wow they’re meant to be hated they’re doing their job good, well done wow what a good bad guy to actually incite hate rather than pity and make you want to beat them for reals no backsies
and then you love that character because they’re a little shit but they’re a good character
Dean is a classy lady. If you want any more than that you’ve gotta buy him dinner.
IT’S SO TRUE.
So I’ve been training up a Lighting replacement, and at the end of our shows run we had an interesting conversation over comms.
SM (me): Great, time for strike then.
Lighting Rookie: Time for stretch? What’s that?
SM: No strike. You don’t know what that is?
Lighting Rookie: … No … should I?
SM: We must protect the innocent.
As a stage manager, I feel like the highest compliment you can give me is your trust.
Directors trust that I’m writing it all down, facilitating communication, coordinating the group and that once the show opens, that I will keep the show running as intended
Designers trust that I will keep them involved with the goings-on in rehearsal, that their artistic visions is upheld with every performance.
ASMs trust that I am delegating fairly, not going to overwhelm them with work, micromanage them or throw them under the bus.
Actors trust that I am advocating for their safety when they cannot, that I am preparing or overseeing the preparation of the rehearsal hall, dressing room, and stage so that they do not have to pull focus from their work to worry about a prop being tracked or a broken refrigerator in the green room.
Crew personnel and technicians trust that the paperwork and information I give them is accurate and correct, and that they will not be unfairly blamed for mistakes that are not their fault based on decisions and actions made from my paperwork.
I trust all of these different groups as well, and they all trust each other.
Trust makes good theatre happen.