Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Things You Never Want to Hear in a Theatre:

1. "We're out of gaff tape."
2. "He's gay."
3. "Macbeth."
4. "Fire!!"
5. "Nicki, can you hand us the first-aid kit?"

Unfortunately, I've been privy to all of these, but it's only the last one that has that special power to induce heart attacks and enable me to leap out of tech booths in a single bound. One of our actors smashed up his fingers on Saturday, as he slipped on the stage carrying a barrel. Keep in mind the whole show is blocked with our actors onstage the entire time, so I didn't hear about it until an hour later when he finally came offstage. I tell you this because Bil has used his day off (and, apparently, the slight psychosis caused by too much painkiller) to make this funny little video called "Pinot Grigio" which is posted on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wM6PBY2gzpU Check it out.

Meanwhile, I've been cleaning the house. I don't mind cleaning the house, except that what am I cleaning? Oh, cat hair and kitty litter. I don't hate cats. I am anti-cat. When people get teary eyed and talk about having cat shelters and how inhumane declawing is I just blink subtly and think to myself "these beasts WANT to be feral. Why should I deny them their deepest, darkest desires?" The best example of cat ownership I have seen was my friend Sarah's family, in Paris. Every night before they would go to bed they would kick all six cats outside. Vive French kitties.

And now I've got to go take a shower so I can go to work. I should have gotten up and sent out more resumes today, but I stayed up late last night reading a book called "Sex Wars" which is about real people after the Civil War, when the women's movement was first getting going, and the morality and temperance movements were gaining steam. I find it very interesting to see how people's genders inform their politics and about how ideas have changed (or not) over the years. The author makes a valid point when she talks about Susan B. Anthony being the only one who can legally "own" the feminist press, because all the other women, who are married, are unable to sign contracts or have their own bank accounts. It suddenly makes me very grateful to live in a world where I can make 89 cents to every man's dollar. Also where I can vote for the laws that govern my life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the women's movement, and in history in general. It is a good counterpoint to the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s: like the civil rights movement, the roots of the problem go back a long way, and we're not there yet.

Right. Off to support myself, man-free. Woo.


Bil said...

Hey, thanks for the plug! (Although -- to be a stickler for titular accuracy -- the film is called "Les Amoureux Bouteilles." It just happens to be ABOUT pinot grigio.)

Also -- another thing you never want to hear in a theatre is, "Hey, is the wardrobe person here? I've crapped my pants!"

Also also -- speaking of civil rights, it's so true...it really takes centuries to make real, genuine, lasting progress. It's also scary to look at how many times the USA has been so far behind other countries when it comes to things like women's suffrage and gay rights. It KILLS me how adverse this nation can be to change. My theory is that what we can have for free, we don't want; maybe we need to start SELLING gay marriage. I mean, look how fast we all became addicted to cell phones, which cost lots of money, but we can't let two loving people be together?

Laura said...

Add to that: Do we have a fire extinguisher?
and That's a kill-fall.

Your friend is right about how far behind other countries the USA is sometimes, but the thing is we're trained to believe the US is always the best the cutting edge of human rights, women's rightes everything: see Lies My Teacher Told Me (a great book!)
Actually last year I read a fascinating article in Lavender about how liberal German culture was in some areas right before the Nazis came into power. They had petitions circling for gay rights and on the whole were pretty progressive and tolerant, and people starting taking those values for granted and they got lazy. I wish I'd saved that article for a friend of ours.

Nicki said...

Hey, you don't have to tell me about the petitions they were circulating in Germany before the war--I've seen BENT! :)

D. said...

My personal least favorite thing to hear when I'm backstage is, "Um, Devon, I need my blood pressure monitor and my aspirin. Right now!" I also have to know where her nitroglycerin is in case of a heart attack. Awesome. Ahhh, the things we do for the love of the arts.
Re: civil rights... it is wonderful that we have progressed as far as we have, but it saddens me that we still have so far to go. Even Germany--fairly conservative since the end of WWII--has a female president.
PS I love Bent. It is so beautiful and heart-wrenching. It's what go me into theatre in the first place.