For those of you unfamiliar with any of the day-to-day tasks of stage management, one of the fun jobs we get to do is take line notes. A line note is a note taken during rehearsal when an actor doesn’t say a line correctly, calls “Line!” (meaning, they need the line given to them), drops words, paraphrases, etc. The Shape of Things is a four-person play…which means they have all a LOT of lines (and they are doing an awesome job, by the way!) and it’s inevitable that there will be pages upon pages of notes for them…
My wonderful assistant stage manager, Mason Brown, is a part of a SM team for the first time and I’ve delegated this responsibility to him for a few reasons:
1) I trust that he will give the actors accurate notes
2) He pays attention during rehearsal (this seems silly, but really… it can be a lot to ask)
3) As stage managers, we’ve all had to go through it: why not go all out for your first time?
So, Mason, I appreciate all that you’re doing (and the actors do, too!) Welcome to my world, kid.