Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Funny Skills

Theater people need funny skills.  Today I'm off to Fort Worth to:

Finish painting views of Paris
Age and weather faux-lead mansard roofs
Help fake a parquet floor
and probably pad and upholster a sofa

Nothin' unusual - but nothing they me taught in architecture school.  Or anywhere else...

Theater folk, I've discovered, have to be real self-starters, self-educated in all sorts of funny skills.  Carpenters are always solving weird problems - like how to have a hotel room open up like a drawbridge (wall becoming floor) and prop people routinely build the impossible.  I once watched a prop designer build a giant boar's head, hair by hair.  It looked real... except for the 2x life size thing.


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