Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ter, of the Night: whipping chain

whipping chain--when short bits of chain are wrapped around the wheels of heavy items like Knack boxes, road boxes, electric boxes and dollies full of lumber to prevent them from rolling off the sidewalk or down a loading ramp. Experienced stagehands can whip the chain in one quick motion, wrapping the chain around the wheels and stopping the boxes from rolling.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Term of the Night: an out-to-pasture head

an out-to-pasture head--a head who has stayed beyond their expiration date, is physically or emotionally incapable of doing their job, or abdicates the decision making and hiring to underlings.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Term of the Day: a vista scene change

a vista scene change-- scene change in view of the audience. "The flying out of the 32,000 pound mansion unit during 'Sunset Boulevard' was one of the greatest a vista scene changes I have ever seen."

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Term of the Day: color-blind casting

color-blind casting-- where actors are hired regardless of race or ethnicity. In modern times, this was pioneered by Joseph Papp at the the Public Theatre, who would cast African-Americans and Latinos in Shakespeare, as well as white actors in traditionally non-white roles. There was actually some blowback from prominent black playwrights, like August Wilson, objected to color-blind casting, saying that it might imperil funding for black theater companies.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Quote of the Night: "He's got a heart of gold, but a head like concrete."

"He's got a heart of gold, but a head like concrete"--said of a self-destructive stagehand, who is well meaning, but makes foolish decisions, often getting himself fired from different venues.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Term of the Day: proptumes

proptumes--costumes used only for set dressing, not worn by actors.

Term of the Day: "I don't know. I'm not paid to know."

"I don't know. I'm not paid to know"-- the ultimate Indian response...I'm just doing what I'm told to do, I don't have any answers.