September 30, 2010

Early Rehearsals

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 8:35 pm

Today was our fourth day of rehearsal remounting the Acting Company tour of Romeo and Juliet. Our process has begun somewhat unconventionally because our director, Penny Metropulos, is finishing up a show in Oregon and won’t be joining us until about halfway through rehearsals. But because this is a remount, Corey (our staff director from last year) and I can get our new cast up to speed on the basic structure of the show before she arrives. We also have four returning cast members who can help us, two former cast members who will help teach choreography and fights, and our original fight director, the amazing Felix Ivanoff (for a little more on Felix, see Nick’s post from last year — and we’re not crazy, he’s changed the spelling of his name since then).

We have one new major addition leading our cast through the first couple weeks: Liz Smith is our voice and text coach, and she is really great. She’s one of the most respected people in her field, but also has been working with the Acting Company since its inception nearly 40 years ago, because she was running the voice program at Juilliard when the company was founded. Her job is to help the actors in their interpretation of the script, both in technical matters like making sure they pronounce things correctly and place emphasis on the right syllables, but also in their understanding of the meaning of the text, and how an analysis of the words Shakespeare chooses can help to explain the meaning. Even our returning cast members are learning a lot of new things.

We also have the wonderful Andrew Wade returning as our voice and text coach at the Guthrie, who I miss very much, but it’s a great opportunity for the cast to draw on the talents of both of them over the course of this year.

Picture Day

One of the first things we did this week was a photo shoot. It seemed a bit premature, but venues need images to go with their publicity, and our first tour performances are less than a month away. We took a number of shots of our new Romeo and Juliet, and a group photo of the whole cast.
Don’t they look like a nice group?

They are:
back row: Whitney Hudson, Ray Chapman, Sid Solomon, Jason McDowell-Green, Kaliswa Brewster, Benjamin Rosenbaum
middle row: John Skelley, Jonathan C. Kaplan, Alejandro Rodriguez, Jamie Smithson
bottom row: Elizabeth Stahlmann, Elizabeth Grullon, Stephen Pilkington

Below is a shot of how the magic is made. Our new touring wardrobe supervisor, Mariela, adjusts Kaliswa’s hair before another round of photos. It was really cool to have them in costume on the second day of rehearsal. I think stuff like that early in the rehearsal process always makes the experience more real. We hadn’t even read the play at that point, but already we’re made aware that someday there will be a finished product and these pictures are very close to being seen by people, who will be inspired to spend their money on tickets and will have their butts in seats ready to be entertained when we come to their town very soon. It reinforces the importance of all the messing around in jeans and sneakers, walking between lines of colored tape. It will be real before we know it.

We spent a day-and-a-half on table work. The script has been cut a bit since last year. The hope is that we have eliminated 10 or 15 minutes, to make it easier for schools to attend the show and talkbacks afterwards. The running time of the first read-through was much improved. Obviously that doesn’t always translate to the finished product, but it’s a good sign.

Hooray for Skype

Yesterday we had a video conference with Penny. The internet at her house had been having trouble, but she soon found a spot where the video signal was good enough to make it work. There was a slight delay, which seemed to get better as we went on, so it wasn’t as fluid a conversation as it would have been in person, but the video wasn’t choppy, and she was able to speak to the cast for a while, and ask what we had been working on, and then everybody in the room stepped close to the camera and introduced themselves and what they’re doing on the production. I think it must be very helpful for her and the new people on the production to put a living, breathing, talking face to the other people they’ll be collaborating with.

As Skype conferences go, I considered it a great success (which is not really saying much). We knew she might have connection problems and had planned that we might have to do audio only if the bandwidth wasn’t good enough, so I’m just happy we got intelligible video, even if it was a bit like watching a TV journalist reporting in by satellite.

I also was able to borrow some cheap computer speakers from the office which were more than loud enough to let everybody in the room hear. That’s usually the main problem with full-company conference calls for me. The MacBook Pro speakers don’t do well if you’re not sitting right near the computer.


Today we finished our table work earlier than expected, and after lunch began staging! Meaghan and I were caught a little bit off-guard, but we jumped in, and everything went pretty well. All I can say is that I’m glad I got in a little early and put most of the furniture spike marks down before rehearsal.

Recreating an exact production is something new for me, so I’m excited to try it. We began with the prologue, which doesn’t really leave a lot of room for personal exploration, blocking-wise. It’s very much an “enter at this time, hit this mark, talk, and exit this way” type of thing. You are umbrella number 12. You will be assimilated. The cast did very well. They seem to be picking up on the ground plan quickly. It may help a lot that some of them saw the production, and there are many photos available of what the set looks like.

When they got that down, we continued staging onward. We quickly hit the first brawl, and sketched out the basic shape of it, without actually addressing detailed fight choreography. So everybody pretty much understands what’s happening, what weapons they have, where they go, and who they fight with. Then we let most of the cast go, and finished the day with the following scenes between Montague and Benvolio and Benvolio and Romeo, which are both more free-form, and in fact changed blocking numerous times (much to my dismay) during the rehearsal process. Corey pretty much let the actors feel it out, but it was actually really fascinating to see some very surprising similarities pop up on their own.

I hope that we can continue to strike a good balance between recreating the previous production while letting our new actors feel like they’ve been given ownership of their roles.

Tomorrow is our dance and fight choreography day, and we also have some scene work happening. I’m actually really intrigued to see how well we can all collectively put the huge puzzle of the party scene back together.

September 27, 2010

Broadway Flea Market 2010

I call this: theatre — Posted by KP @ 9:49 pm

Yesterday was the annual Broadway Flea Market. I was very disturbed to find out it would be the day before my first rehearsal, because Flea Market Day tends to be incredibly exhausting. For those working the market, it begins at 8:30AM, and ends officially around 6:00PM, but then you have to clean up, and if you work the whole thing it basically means standing outdoors for 10 hours straight. And carrying heavy things up and down stairs over and over at the beginning and end.

But it was a great day, and for the most part the weather cooperated. As always I worked the Phantom table. We raised something in excess of $7,000 for BCEFA, not counting our auction package (didn’t hear how much that went for). Here’s part of our table. That’s me on the far right.

The photo is from BroadwayWorld. BCEFA had their own photographer take a much fancier portrait of all of our people, but I haven’t found it online yet.

One of the things I enjoy most about the Flea Market is that it’s like a real-life Facebook. You stand in one spot all day, and everyone you know passes by. You fill each other in on everything that’s going on in your lives, and then move on to the next person.

The absolute quote of the day, however, came from a member of the Broadway Cares staff, who marveled at how Phantom finds items to sell, and various ways to raise money: “Nothing goes to waste! You guys are like the Native Americans, using every part of the buffalo!”

September 24, 2010

Classic Printer Error Message

I call this: computers,tech — Posted by KP @ 9:46 pm

I’m trying to print the damn wallet cards. My printer is not cooperating. I just need to share this.

So there’s been an error. Or maybe not. Maybe the printer is doing exactly what it’s supposed to be doing, which is printing. But if there’s an error, you should fix the error.


I hate printers. Have I mentioned that? I don’t think I blog much about printers. Because I hate them. I think the reason my process is so paperless is because it allows me to avoid printers as much as possible. So there you go. The majority of the reason for the existence of this very site is because printers suck. So when you’re like, “wow, this is a really useful site!” you can thank a printer.

PrePro Week Over!

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 9:37 pm

It’s Friday night, when all those normal people who work in offices don’t have to do anything for the rest of the week. Thankfully, I have been enslaved by such people all week, and am now free, and starting next week can resume being a touchy-feely artisty-type person for the next seven months.

As much as I hate the idea of working in an office, I actually find preproduction to be a great and very important part of the process. And while I lose two hours of my day commuting and sometimes think, “couldn’t I just do this from home?” there is a lot to be said for the ease of collaboration that happens from being in the office.

Having everybody no more than 50ft away from each other certainly speeds up the process, and allows quick consultations that probably wouldn’t always happen if you had to pick up the phone or write an email every time you had a question.

My process also involves some stuff that is decidedly office-y, such as copying the scripts for first rehearsal, putting them in binders, assembling some basic office supplies like pens, pencils and paper, and making copies of the various paperwork that’s going to be distributed on the first day. It’s times like that that make actually being in a fully-functional office a great advantage.

Here are the actors’ scripts, ready to go. Nick and I always had a thing we did where we gaffed a postcard of the show onto the front of the binder and wrote the actor’s name on it. I’m pretty sure it was his idea, so I have to give him credit for that. It’s been very popular with actors, and it’s also useful for us because when somebody leaves a script behind somewhere, it’s easy to know who to return it to.

In the middle of the day today, I took a walk over to Barbizon to buy some gaff, glow and spike tape. That’s $72 of tape right there. I also picked up lunch on the way back.

Spike tape and sushi. I really can’t think of many more things I would rather have.

The very last thing I did before leaving the office was to send out my first real email to the whole production team. I’ve been in touch with the cast more consistently to get them prepared for the start of the process, but this was my first contact with a lot of our creative and production team. Most are Acting Company and Guthrie regulars who I’ve worked with before, but there are a few I don’t know, and at least a couple I don’t expect to meet for several months. I sent out the contact sheet, a calendar showing the R&J rehearsal process up until we head out on the road, and a detailed schedule for the first day of rehearsal. In the body of the email I also added a few notes about the rehearsal studio and other business.

I still have a few things to do from home, such as print the wallet cards (which I designed while at the office, but I keep my business card paper at home), and a pseudo-wallet card with the addresses of the two costume shops we’re using, so that actors who have to go to fittings will always know where they’re going. I also have a few things to add to the database before first rehearsal, and I need to gather up all my stuff to bring with me on Monday.

When I got home I got a call from our Production Manager / Tech Director, who’s arriving in New York on the day of the first rehearsal. We’ve worked together before, but he’s just coming on board for this show, and it was our first real chance to talk about work stuff, and for me to mention a few issues that I think require careful attention to make sure everything goes smoothly.

I’m looking forward to finally getting started. Everything I’ve heard is that this company of actors is wonderful, and I’ve had an opportunity to meet many of the new actors when they came into the office to sign their contracts during the past week, and everyone seems very eager and excited for rehearsal to start. The whole season seems to be a very nice mix of a comfortable return to a familiar production, and frequent collaborators, with the injection of new people, a new production, and a new season of tour cities, which will make the process fresh at the same time. Honestly I think that’s really why I’m here. I’m at a point where I feel continued touring is harmful to my New York career, but from the earliest conversations I had with our producers, at the bar celebrating the start of previews for R&J at the Guthrie last year, the things I’d heard about this season were too good to pass up. It continued that way all through last year’s tour. It was just too much fun, and there are many people at The Acting Company and the Guthrie that I just love working with, and I had to stick around for this year.

Everything’s pretty much set for first rehearsal. Bring it, I say!

Small Site Addition – Evernote Site Memory

I call this: tech,web — Posted by KP @ 8:47 pm

You’re going to see a little green elephant button at the bottom of this post — actually at the bottom of every post. That’s Evernote’s new Site Memory feature.

I’ve gotten a bit hooked on Evernote recently. In brief, it’s a cloud-based app that you can use to store text and other files in a searchable, organized format so you always have access to your stuff. For more about it, see my first impressions post. I’m going to do a longer post about use cases and later impressions, but I want to wait until I’ve had time to use it through a rehearsal process. I’ll give you a hint though: so far it’s been very useful at keeping myself organized, and giving Meaghan (my ASM) a way to keep up with my preproduction work at her leisure, while halfway across the country.

Site Memory is a new feature they just introduced, I think last week. Basically you click the elephant and it automatically clips the post content into a nice format to import into the user’s Evernote account, and lets them assign it to a notebook and set tags and add a comment to it. It also allows the website owner to have a little control over the format and content of the clipping, although I’m not doing anything too fancy with that. I just like being an early adopter of things I find cool.

For reading some sites, using Site Memory might not be much more of an improvement over the default Evernote browser plugin, but for blogs it seems handy because it can clip an individual post with one click. It’s also interesting to note that while the browser plugin requires you to be using a computer with Evernote installed, the Site Memory button works over the web, so you can use it from any computer. And if you don’t use Evernote, you can get started by clicking that button. It’s free!

September 20, 2010

On the Clock

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 10:25 pm

Today marks the official start of my contract for The Acting Company 2010-2011 tour. We start rehearsal a week from today. I celebrated by getting up at 6:30 for a day in the office. The good news is, I’m actually getting paid now. The other good news is that it’s pumpkin spice latte time at Starbucks, and that made the second half of my day awesome.

In the Office

Almost the entirety of my day today was spent on the script. What is believed to be the final draft of the first rehearsal script came back from the director early this morning. So with something we think we might actually be distributing, I went through it with a fine-toothed comb, removing all the multicolored notes and strikethroughs from all the people who had been collaborating on it, renumbering the pages, and making the formatting absolutely perfect, checking every single character, space and margin, as well as reading every word for content to make sure there weren’t any obvious errors.

I’m very happy to know that is under control, and it’s exactly how I want it set up. I initially lobbied to keep the old page numbers in case our returning actors and staff wanted to use their old scripts, but I was convinced that we should encourage people to start from scratch. Both scripts have the act & scene number as part of the page number, so even if people are using their old scripts, they can still turn to the correct page or very close to it, as most scenes are only a few pages long. Some cuts have been put in, but they’re relatively small. It should make the show feel a little faster without removing too much content.

I was given control of the contact sheet today, although with the priority put on getting a final script ready today, I wasn’t able to finish double-checking the contact sheet I’ve been working on in my database against the final one from the office. Other than a little bit of work on that, I participated in a few discussions about travel, the early rehearsal schedule, and the technical education workshops I’ve been trying to get going this year. It’s nice to be in the middle of the action as things are coming together.


This is the first time in a long while that I’ve remounted a production I’ve done before. Definitely the first time on a production of this scale, keeping the same design elements, and on which I knew at the time of the previous production that I would need to recreate the show again. It’s kind of fun.

When I found out that I would be spending the day on the script, it was pretty daunting to get started. Since April I hadn’t done more than glance at the script when I’d been asked to submit my copy of the final script about a month ago. This is a three-hour show that I did 82 performances and 30 days of rehearsal of within the past nine months. I thought I would be sick of staring at those words. But it was actually very comforting. There’s definitely something nice about doing a show you know. As I read through the script, I heard the whole show in my head as performed by my friends from last year, and enjoyed the memories of my favorite moments, or funny things that happened during the process surrounding certain parts. I was sad to think that some of those people would be gone, but curious to see what new people will bring to those roles. And I’m looking forward to seeing our returning actors’ performances again, and to see what they may discover that’s different this time.

After reading literally every word, I definitely feel like I have the show back in my body. The more I can remember and see the show in my mind, the easier my job will be, and the less I’ll have to worry about being able to make sense of my paperwork!

After Hours

Tonight, theoretically I’m watching football, but I’m not really, I’m working and blogging. I’m scanning a few paper documents that I was given today: the rules packet for New 42nd Street Studios, and the Letter of Agreement (LOA) between the company and Equity, which modifies our rehearsal rules (which are based on the LORT agreement). I have never in my years of stage management been able to get a digital copy of an LOA. No general manager I’ve worked with has ever been given one in their lives. So I always have to scan it, because having the printed copy with me when I need it never works out. Needing it at the bar at 1AM is just as likely as needing it in rehearsal or at my apartment when I wake up in the morning. When I’m done scanning I will upload the PDFs into Evernote and put them in my DropBox, where Meaghan and I can reference them.

By the by, I really wish I had a scanner that was less than 8 years old, and that I didn’t have to use Windows to use. But it’s just one of those things that I’d hardly ever be home to take advantage of. We do tour with a printer/scanner combo thing so I’m pretty well covered as far as work goes right now. Maybe someday when I stop all this touring. Or if I get a production contract.

September 14, 2010

HeadsetChatter Live!

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 6:08 pm

Over the summer, I wrote an extensive post about my day giving master classes at Reagle’s summer theatre camp.

As I said in that post, after I got home from the master classes I started thinking about the upcoming Acting Company tour, and how I could better do my part in its educational mission. Nick and I always had a saying, “It’s the Acting Company, not the Stage Management Company!” and understood that naturally the workshops, talkbacks and other educational programs focus heavily on performance-related topics. If a school requested a talkback or seminar on technical or theatre management matters, or to have a student shadow us, we were happy to provide it, but they were very rare.

So this year I approached the education department over the summer to plant the idea that whenever I had the time I would be willing to offer educational opportunities for technical theatre students, and that they should feel free to present this option alongside the other workshops offered for actors.

Now that things are really getting rolling for the tour, those kind of arrangements are starting to fall into place. I was in the office today for a meeting, and was told that there’s already one school early in the first leg of the tour that’s interested in doing something.

This program has been humorously coined “HeadsetChatter Live!” Unfortunately we’re forbidden from mentioning websites in our bios, but I will be happy to take the live version to the populace!

September 13, 2010

Event Management and Me

I call this: theatre — Posted by KP @ 1:29 pm

My Weekend

I had been awake for about 10 minutes on Friday morning when I got a call from a friend. A stage manager he’s worked with needed to find a replacement to do a festival over the weekend. Everything about that sentence was unpleasant to me, especially when I’ve just woken up.

But as soon as I could wipe the sand out of my eyes and take some more sips of my energy drink, I called said stage manager and learned what the deal was. Actually it was a bit different than I pictured.

When you stage manage a show as part of a festival, it almost always means the pay is absolute crap. I’ve done shows early in my career that paid less than a dollar an hour. I don’t care who’s doing those kind of shows, I just don’t do them anymore. Higher-end festival shows might make it a little more worth your while, but are still too low on the work vs. pay scale to be something you really look forward to having to do. Generally you do it out of absolute financial desperation, or getting to work with well-known actors or directors, or doing a show that you have somehow deluded yourself might go somewhere — more accurately, you may not believe it will go somewhere, but enough people are saying it will that you would feel stupid if you turned it down and a year later it’s on Broadway.

Anyway, as it turned out, this job had nothing to do with that kind of experience. It was not a festival of shows, but an outdoor festival of poetry, performance art, music and just a tiny bit of musical theatre. And I wasn’t managing a show. I wasn’t even managing one of the two stages at the festival. I was managing the festival. So it wasn’t stage management at all, it was event management.

My feelings on Event Management

I’m not one of those stage managers who really does event management. I know some people who have fallen in with the right crowd, and do so many high-quality events that they hardly ever do shows. The point of event management is that you can make inconceivable amounts of money in a very short period of time. Whether it’s actually “less work” is debatable, but I would guess at the very least, it allows you more free time because you do tons of work over the span of a few days, and then you’re done and can leisurely roll around in all your money for the rest of the month before you pay your entire rent with it.

For example I have a friend who went to Costa Rica for something-or-other for like a week, and in addition to getting a trip to Costa Rica, was paid very well for the experience. Another friend once worked an NBA event. He’s probably 5’10” and incredibly skinny, and at one point had to hold the players in a certain area. His claim to fame is that when Shaq wanted to go somewhere, he very gently lifted my friend up in the air and deposited him somewhere else so he could get by. Anyway, a number of my friends really like doing events because sometimes they’re easy, and often take you to interesting places or among interesting people, and pretty much always pay very well.

I’m not on anybody’s list to get called for really amazing events, nor have I ever particularly tried to be when I’ve had the chance. I like money. I like money a lot. If you click on any of the tech- or computer-related topics here you’ll see I have a thing for expensive electronics and software. Money would allow me to enjoy my hobby more. But I also have a thing for theatre, particularly musical theatre, and if I knew I could pay the bills either way, I would take an average-paying show over a paid trip to Costa Rica.

I have been thinking about this since Friday, and I think what it comes down to is that in my mind, an event is work. You do work, you receive money. It’s like what most people think of as work: not necessarily fun or pleasant, but you get through it and at the end of the day you have money, so it’s worth doing. And I realized that as much as I think that I think of stage management as work, as in “Aw, why do I have to go to rehearsal? Can’t I just sit in my pajamas and play MMOs all day?” it actually is something different in my mind from real work. I have this expectation that a job should be something exciting and inspiring, in addition to being someplace you go solely for the purpose of coming out with money at the end.

The entire theatre industry is also constructed to beat into you that you’re an artist and should expect sub-par pay for your skills because the producer is doing you a favor by giving you an opportunity to practice your art. This is why we have unions, by the way — to say “No, actually it’s also a job, and you have to pay people.” Stagehands generally fall in the other category — of people who are there to do work and get money. Somehow producers understand this in a way that they don’t understand it about actors and stage managers. Which is why it’s not unheard of for the guy running the light board to make more than the PSM.

My point being, that event management is the way that stage managers get to be a part of that “I’m not doing that unless you pay me what I’m worth” thing that most of the world inherently understands. But to me, it uses the same skills of organizing people, solving problems, being diplomatic, and keeping things on schedule, but without the “let’s put on a show!” payoff at the end. You’re always putting on a show of some sort, whether it be a wedding, a concert, a sales presentation, or an NBA halftime show, but it doesn’t strike a nerve with me in the same way as the legitimate theatre. I’m sure somebody who does rock concerts, like Nicky, who was my stage manager on the mainstage at this festival, would be bored out of his mind stage managing a production of Romeo and Juliet. I get that. I may, perhaps, in a theatre with a very quiet stage right, have once called the entire balcony scene while lying on the floor, just for a change of perspective. But you will also note that I am about to remount that production and take it out for another seven months, and I wouldn’t be doing that if it wasn’t rewarding in other ways besides money.

Being on the Outside

I don’t do a whole lot else besides stage management. Honestly, I could probably name on one hand the number of jobs I’ve done in the last 5 years that were not stage managing legit theatre productions.

I was the production coordinator for Bingo in Florida, and did a little bit of preproduction on the Chicago premiere as well. That was sort of a hybrid of long-distance stage management and company management. It was immensely educational to sit in a general management office that was busy producing several shows, to see what goes on on that side of things during production. After two months, I was more certain than before that unlike some stage managers, I have absolutely zero interest in ever being a company manager or GM. It was also the first and only time I’ve ever worked in an office. It was kind of like playing “grown-up” for the first month, then it started to get old. It should be noted that the reason I was asked to do the job was that I had been ASM of the Off-Broadway production (and had also called the show many times). I was even offered PSM of the Chicago production when they had somebody back out during pre-pro — and I would have gladly taken it, but they couldn’t provide housing for me.

I subbed on followspot (by which I mean a Source Four with handles on it) for the Off-Broadway production of My Secret Garden for a day or two, before later replacing the PSM (I had been the ASM for an earlier workshop, so my main association with the show was stage managerial). I have always liked running spots. I haven’t run a real spot since I was in high school, with the exception of a photo shoot for a production on which I was PSM, because the spot ops weren’t called for the photo call, and I really wanted to.

A friend was the ASM on the Off-Broadway play Substitution, and his crew person bailed on the first day of tech. He called me desperate for a warm body wearing black to appear at his theatre by the end of their dinner break. As I had nothing to do for the rest of the day, and welcomed the opportunity to hang out backstage with my friend, I changed into blacks and got down there as fast as I could. I worked the show through tech and first preview, until a new crew person was hired and trained. During that time, the PSM got another gig and would have to leave the production in the middle of the final week. Since I already had at least a crew member’s familiarity with the play, the fastest way to cover that situation was for me to learn to call the show, since I would only need to watch it once. I was technically just an ASM sub, but I got to be the calling SM for the end of the run. I also got to work with the amazing Jan Maxwell, so that was a fun experience.

Same friend, same situation: crew member quit. We were both PSM-ing shows at the NYMF Festival, both in the same venue at the same time. He lost his crew person, and I filled in for the last week of the run, since I was sort of already there, and had no conflicts since our shows were on the same stage.

And… that’s all that’s coming to mind as far as non-stage-management jobs, and as you can see most of them came out of or ended up resulting in real stage management jobs anyway. My career has always been pretty narrowly focused on stage management. Some of that is personal preference, and some of it is just the way it’s happened.


The nice thing about doing events is that they take place in a very short period of time, and don’t really require you to clear your schedule much. I lost most of the day Friday (going down to the park to be shown around by the outgoing production manager), and all day Saturday and Sunday, but now I’ll most likely be starting the tour with my debt already paid off. Yay!

I missed a whole lot of football over the weekend, I didn’t get any preproduction done for the tour, my favorite vest is covered in soggy dirt, and I can barely walk from standing on uneven pavement for 12 hours a day, but now it’s over and it would have taken me months on tour to save up that money.

Events are good things to have access to when you need them. I’m glad that I have steady employment as a stage manager coming up, but this is a great example of how you can throw a few days of work in between your “real” commitments and supplement your earnings. Also, in this crazy business, sometimes you have to lose money to make money — taking a lesser-paying job in the hopes that it will lead to a greater-paying job. Any money you can save gives you more flexibility to take a chance when faced with those situations. Or you can buy an iPhone every year, or find out what the hell a $50 mouse pad feels like.

September 10, 2010

Tips for Calling Me at 10AM

I call this: theatre — Posted by KP @ 11:30 pm

I hate taking phone calls when I’ve just woken up. I’m never thinking clearly, and I usually make stupid decisions. So I have learned to try to delay such decisions when I’m woken up by a phone call.

This morning I got a phone call when I had already been awake for about 10 minutes. I was still wiping the sand out of my eyes, and had only had a few sips of my energy drink. The phone was actually still plugged in at my bedside when it rang and I had to go get it.

But please, when waking me up, or with the possibility of waking me up, especially when I don’t have a job and have no reason to leave the house, here’s a tip of how to approach me to ensure that I am in the right frame of mind when considering your request:

“My friend was supposed to do this festival…”

“For $500 a day, would you be interested in…”

September 7, 2010

Pre-Production Progress

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 10:03 pm

Days till first rehearsal: 20

Currently working on: just tidying up my files & notes while watching TV before bed

Upcoming projects:
Clean up last year’s R&J script
Put contacts in address book
More database work

Recently Finished:
putting performances / cities / travel into Google Calendar
Contact sheet (still have questions)
Entry of performances & venues into database

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