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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Money Term of the Day: in confusion, there is money

in confusion, there is money--when the tech does not have his or her shit together, there is always unforeseen overtime and extra hires, making stagehands extra money.

Term of the Day: shit-stirring with a big spoon

shit-stirring with a big spoon--professional gossip mongering on an epic level.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Term of the Night: sandbar

sandbar--incident or snag that stops a load-in or part of a load-in cold in its tracks. "PRG sent us a broken controller, so we weren't to operate motors to lower the empty road boxes into the trap. It was the sandbar that stopped everything."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Term of the Night: isle of sloth

isle of sloth--theater or TV department where the stagehands have no interest in working, often stocked with badly trained children of stagehands. "The Outside Prop Room was a real isle of sloth, where the young stagehand wouldn't stop watching TV as the interns raided the prop bins."

Term of the night: rice bowl issue

rice bowl issue--jurisdictional dispute over who gets the work. Can be between departments in a theater, different locals or different unions. "It was a rice bowl issue over who sets the tech tables, the carpenter or the prop man."