The Sara S. Theory of Stage Management
Every once and awhile I am reminded of how much more awesome my insane 25-year old self was in comparison to my calmer but kind of boring now 36-year old self. Birthdays are good for refection I guess. Recently I reconnected with a friend from Pittsburgh via The Facebook. He mentioned he still subscribed to the Sara S. Theory of Stage Management.
I don’t remember having a theory other than Get Through The Day Without Screaming. I stopped stage managing after determining I didn’t have the personality for it. But having been reminded of the theory, I remember it clearly and think there may be times incorporating it back into my career as a stagehand could be helpful.
The SSToSM states: During the tech of a show, on no specific schedule, and without telling anyone, don’t wear underwear. No matter what is going wrong on stage you can say to yourself, “Self, I’m not wearing any underwear.”
According to the theory, Tech. may not go more quickly, but your day will be much better.
Thank you old friend for reminding me of my awesomeness, with or without underpants.