Taping Out the Floor

As longtime readers know, I used to blog a lot more about blogging. Every once in a while I’d write a post asking where all the blogs were on a particular subject. For example, where are all the funeral blogs? Or theatre blogs?

These posts live on in the long tail of search, and occasionally somebody comes by and leaves a comment promoting their theatre/funeral/whatever blog.

That’s how I discovered the informative blog of the McCarter Theater Center, a professional theatre on the campus of Princeton University.

Their most recent post discusses ‘taping out the floor’. This is a ritual that stage managers undertake during the rehearsal process. This involves laying coloured tape on the floor of the rehearsal space so that it reflects the ground plans of the set design. This enables the performers and directors to rehearse with some sense of where entrances, exits, trapdoors and stuffed moose will appear once the set is actually finished. The blog post has a photo–they ought to post more to give you a sense of this tedious but necessary duty.

The theatre’s artistic director also recently interviewed American playwright Edward Albee, which made for a fascinating read.


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