10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent
“There is only make” and “Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time.”
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10. Don’t have to worry about getting calls to come help hang pictures, repair appliances, etc. your crew guy or gal can probably do it on their own and most likely will do a much better job of it.
9. Ten times out of ten you will never be late for anything. In fact, according to your SM boo, if you are on time you are already late.
8. Unlimited amounts of glow tape so you can finally make that Tron costume you always wanted.
7. You get to meet awesome, interesting people, like Will Swenson, Elaine May or someone from the Butthole Surfers. Do you know how many times I have babysat NPH’s kids? Or how many times I took Cheyenne Jackson to school in FiFa Soccer on XBox?
6. Stage managers actually get paid for some of the shows they do! It’s pretty rad right?
5. They are always prepared for anything. A-NY-THING. Headache? They got aspirin. Got a cut on your finger? Boom, your boo has a band aid for your boo boo. Cats dead? Kablam, they have the shovel to bury it and the eulogy already written. Resourceful and thoughtful.
4. They are exceptional multi-taskers. One night I watched my girlfriend bake cookies at home all the while planning for the next days rehearsal and reserving tickets to go and see “The Muppets”.
3. Stage Managers won’t lose their shit when the something gets thrown out of routine. They are calm, cool and collected and don’t freak out if someone is late or a cue is missed. Just don’t use their gaff tape.
2. They often times gets tickets to awesome shows….for free!!!! Because my girlfriend is who she is and she is awesome at what she does, she gets tickets to shows from people who want to work with her. One time we went to a show at Signature Theater in NYC and we sat in front of Ethan “Raising Arizona” Coen.
1. When you date a stage manager they are up for anything and are low maintenance. After of a day of them telling people where to go and what to do, when they come home all they want is to NOT make decisions. You can suggest anything to them and as long as there is food and booze at some point they will be up for it. “Burgers and beer at the park? Duh!” “Turtle Races and tequila? Where do I sign in!” As long as you plan it and they don’t have to worry other than where to be and when you are set.
Musicals I Love | A Chorus Line
this is what Ben Brantley says about the standing ovation:
The s.o. (if I may so refer to a phenomenon that no longer warrants the respect of its full name) has become a reflexive social gesture, like shaking hands with the host at the end of a party.
Or, to put in cruder and more extreme terms, it’s like having sex with someone on the first date, whether you like the person or not, because you think it’s expected of you.