In case any of you are joining me already in progress in 2007 I taught design here for a semester. While I was here I learned all the ins and outs and dirt and gossip about everyone that works here. Flash forward four years and four trips later and I still know what’s going on.
And how do I know what’s going on? Well it’s funny that you ask.
Everyone who works here will corner me while I’m here and then proceed to tell me everything that’s going on. They know that I know the back story, so I know who and what they are talking about. They also know that I will go away in just a couple of days and will be gone for the next six, eight, etc months. So they are open, and honest. I just stand there and nod mostly. I occasionally will ask a question, or offer a comment, but for the most part I just listen.
The most fun part of all this is listening to everyone’s take on the same story. The hiring of the stage manager for this show…who made the decision is different depending who you ask. Whey there were issues with the costumes…depends on who you ask. And it goes on and on.
Of course the only thing that has sort of caused a problem was being told that the director from last fall told her colleagues that it was my fault that the show was so bad, because I took so long to cue the lights. Hmmm. It wouldn’t be surprising to find out she said this. What I do find funny is that she wants me to come back next year and design for her. The person who told me all this told me I should ask the TD to confirm this. I know I should just let it go…but there’s a part of me that just wants to know. I’ll let you know what I decide to do.
In the meantime there are a couple of people I have not had “drinks” with yet, so it will be interesting to see what else I hear about this week.