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Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: PROPS: Ink and Quill
« on: Feb 10, 2017, 06:22 pm »
We put a normal pen into the quill of the feather . . . worked great.

Employment / Re: Working a Touring Show
« on: Dec 13, 2016, 04:13 am »
Touring shows don't always hire local PA's or even AEA SM's.

Hamilton might as it is the first "leg" of the tour, the best thing to do is reach out to the PSM of the tour.  The show is actually rehearsing in NYC.  (one of my SMs from The Lion King tour currently in SF is joining the SM team).  Even subs / replacement are hired from other places . . . since we have to pay per diem regardless of the city playing as long as we are not in the point of organization.  Just reach out the PSM.

Talk to your business rep.

There are laws in place (Family Leave) which will help you in this situation.

Work with your employer to find the right way to make it happen.

(In my case, we trained someone on the house staff to take over the moment I had to rush the hospital . . . in case it happened during the show)

Students and Novice Stage Managers / Re: Communication Quandry
« on: Oct 15, 2016, 03:09 am »
i had this same exact issue in grad school.

finally just said, how about you send me the report, I will look it over when I get home, and then you can send out . . . worked like a charm

my two cents - kill the number performance #15 was canceled.

Maybe easier to reference it in the future . . . .

Introductions / Re: Hello There!
« on: Sep 12, 2016, 03:10 am »
Welcome to group Madison.

The Hardline / Re: AEA SM wearing a costume backstage?
« on: Sep 03, 2016, 07:18 pm »
Since we are the same rules as actors, I have always seen once they put us in costume, they put us in costume - which means a AEA dressing room, and supplying everything the AEA member would wear.    If they asking us to bring shoes, then they would have to pay the shoe rental.

It will have to follow all the same laundry rules as an actor.

For Tartuffe and Enemy - you might want to list the translator, as these were not written in English - unless you want the original language. 

Self-Promotion / Re: Weird life transition
« on: Aug 16, 2016, 02:33 pm »
Listen, after 12 years of being a resident something at regional theaters, jumping into the freelance world at the age of 40 was simply the best career/life decision I could have made.  All of a sudden I was able to pick and choose projects based on my wants, needs, career goals.  Yes, my pocket book hurt for a bit . . . but I think I have sort of ended up okay.  You need to bet big to win big.

The Hardline / Re: Calling a show for heat
« on: Aug 14, 2016, 12:49 am »
well, when it ceases to be safe . . .

if the deputy says we aren't doing it . . .

these are all times to get AEA and your GM in involved.

So late to this party - but I actually thinking being a ALD would be more beneficial as a stage manager since you are the one performing the lighting designer's cues in the show.  Being in the LD corner, having that experience, is invaluable, since he is the one designer who has to do his job LIVE, and having as much support as possible would be great.

End of the day - you should do all.  But if only had to do one, I would have voted lighting.

The Green Room / Re: Health Realted Issue
« on: Jul 19, 2016, 03:02 pm »
Listen, my education is, due to basic HIPPA laws, I can not tell anyone anyone's personal health issues.

If this is a workplace injury, yes, that can be shared - although treatment or non-treatment is not.

But other then that, it's a individually identifiable health information that needs to remain private - and all I can do is encourage the individual to share the information with all the interested parties themselves.

Think, I tell my company manager I have cancer, my company manager tells the Director, the Director then tells other people, and all of a sudden my career is tanked, because no one wants to hire a PSM who has cancer.  By telling other people, you might be putting yourself in a litigious situation.

But, I am wondering how far off center I am with these beliefs.

[I do not have Cancer]

Post Merge: Jul 19, 2016, 03:03 pm
Hypothetically . . .

Chicken Pox
Strained Muscle

The Green Room / Health Realted Issue
« on: Jul 14, 2016, 01:40 pm »
A performer comes to you and tells you a health related issue . . . but asks you not to tell anyone else.

Besides encouraging them to tell others (director, producer, etc) - what else is there to do?

The Green Room / ARTICLE: Life of a swing
« on: Jul 03, 2016, 12:07 pm »
I have to say, that before my current show, the notion of swing was not familiar to me . . .

Stage Management: Plays & Musicals / Re: Simultaneous Shows ?!?
« on: Jul 02, 2016, 08:43 pm »
Fefu and Friends is sort of like this as well - everyone is together for act 1; and then you split up and watch four scenes in different order - but all interconnected - and then everyone comes together.

You need to keep very accurate timelines, time the journey from one space to the next space, and make sure you have communication to the other show.  The details are going to be in how the two shows married. 

You will most likely tech one, tech the other and then tech both together - so make sure you have enough tech time to make sure they blend together.

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