Today I agreed to help a friend of mine out. She and her husband are the artistic directors for a theater company here in the bay area and they needed a stage manager at the last minute.
The stink of it is, after signing my contract, they tell me how difficult the director is going to be. Ahhh, I see...that's why they didn't tell me when I asked about it. It's hard for me to say no to people in need. Especially friends in need. Gets me every time.
I'm working on a production of "Noises Off!", a play which I absolutely love. I've seen the film with Christopher Reeve countless times and performed in a collegiate production of it. Is it masochistic of me? Perhaps. I do believe you need to be a bit touched with masochism to stage manage. You're the "go-to" person and when a certain element hits a certain fan...it all falls on you. I know this...I've been doing this for 10 years now...and I have a sneaking suspicion I'm going to be doing more of it. :) I rest my case.
So, I don't know what I've gotten myself into with this very high maintenance director. I'll keep you posted as I'm sure I'm going to need to vent.
On a side note though, I never thought I would ever have an "amazing" stage management experience. That is up until I met this merry band of very talented, funny, and caring misfits. Their passion for what they were doing was astounding and resonated with audiences..and with me. I've been re-inspired to find my sheltering sky. They don't know the huge impact they've had on me. I hope to be able to show them one day. Once a squirrel..always a squirrel. ;)