Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Term of the Day: short-timer

short-timer--stagehand who has gotten another job and has given notice. Or a stagehand who is vocal about his/her nearing retirement date. From the Vietnam-era Army rotations, where soldiers  knew the exact number of months that they were "in country." Towards the end of their tours, they were called short-timers.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Holding the Union Line: "We don't play that way in this house"

"We don't play that way in this house"--a famous Broadway head's response when asked to hire a stagehand without a card.

Mystical figures: my guru

my guru--the original stagehand who gets you real work in the local, who helps you get your card. "My guru turned me on to his friends who were heads because he knew I could rig in a hemp house." Guru is a South Asian Indian term for a spiritual leader or guide.

Term of the Night: my money

my money--Local #1 card time, or the Local # 1 pension credit if you already have your card, which is $37,500 per year. "My father was adamant that I make my money for three years in a row, so I would get my card quickly." "I bounced around around a lot while making my money for the card."

Term of the Night: clockers

clockers--around the clock work. "Last week, I did two clockers in the TV station."

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Term of the Day: blood curtain

blood curtain--clear, plastic curtain lowered in before the blood cannons go off in "American Psycho," to protect the audience from blood splatter from the copious amounts of blood used in the show. Allegedly, the blood splatter, without the curtain, can hit the first seven rows. After a recent performance, a patron was heard screaming, "Who's gonna clean the blood of my Louis Vuitton bag?"

Term of the Day: "Snatch the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper."

"Snatch the pebble from my hand, Grasshopper"--when the disciple can snatch the pebble from the master's hand, he is ready.  Can be used as a sarcastic reference while training a young stagehand. Old line in the1970's TV show "Kung Fu," where in politically incorrect fashion, David Carradine played a Chinese kung-fu master in exile in the Old West.