I’ve always love dolly parton’s Jolene and I finally realized why
the song isn’t about a woman terrified of losing her husband to another, more beautiful woman
the song is about a woman transfixed with desire for a red haired woman named Jolene whose voice is “soft like summer rain”
and the only way she can voice that desire is through a plaintive entreaty not to “steal her man”
an entreaty during which “the man” is never described, while line after line praises Jolene’s beauty and allure
and in which the singer admits to Jolene “my happiness depends on you” and “I could never love again”
it doesn’t matter that after each stanza on Jolene the singer quickly inserts a hetero relationship
because it’s all there in the song, and how it’s not called Don’t Leave Me [insert generic man name] or Don’t Take my Man
it’s called Jolene
and you can’t sing it without lingering yearningly on her name over and over again
what ultimately terrifies the singer is not her man leaving her for Jolene
but what happens after the man has left
and she still can’t stop singing about Jolene
what happens when there’s no tenuous hetero relationship in place which can cloak her very real, very queer desire
for a woman whose “beauty is beyond compare”
A few of my friends who are stage managers are starting to also take teaching jobs at universities; and they’re asking us what we wish we had been taught. No one teaches you how to be a Production Assistant. I wanted to write out a few things that I look for in a PA. Some of these might sounds harsh or rude, but they’re all things that I’ve learned over the last six years.
- Initiative. If you see that something needs to be done, do it. Don’t ask. Oh there’s water on the floor? Clean it, don’t ask. A prop didn’t get set right? Fix it. Your PSM and ASM may be busy writing things down, take the initiative and do things, they’ll love you for it.
- Understand that because you’re making coffee, filling water pitchers, sharpening pencils doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate you. Those are things that have to get done, and when there’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be generated, we don’t think about those things.
- It is NOT YOUR JOB to make anyone like you. It is not anyone’s job to be your friend. Sounds harsh right? I know. But at the end of the day, its still a job. We’re getting paid to be there. Chances are, if you do your job and you do it well, you’ll make friends. But know that that isn’t a priority for anyone.
- Don’t try to force a friendship with the actors, or anyone. Again, they’ll like you if you’re good at your job (and not an asshole).
- Don’t apologize for every little thing. See this post.
- Know when to keep your mouth shut. Your opinion doesn’t matter. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. When there’s a discussion going on between the director and the actors, you don’t exist. None of us do. Those conversations are not meant for us. So don’t speak up if you have an opinion. Keep it to yourself.
- Know when the conversation isn’t for you. It’s great that you want to listen in on conversations during tech. It is. But a lot of times there are a lot of people onstage having a discussion. If you don’t have to be there; ie it doesn’t affect you, step back. Someone (the ASM) will fill you in if you need to know.
- Have a good neutral face. Things get boring, or frustrating, or scary. Keep calm. Actors look to us when they panic. If you’re panicking, they’ll panic.
- When you speak, you speak for the team. If actors are talking about reviews, DO NOT ENGAGE. I repeat, DO NOT ENGAGE. It’s a black hole of a conversation that doesn’t end well. And when you state your opinion, you’re actually speaking for the whole team. Even if you don’t think you are. This especially applies when you’re in the theatre.
- The above note also applies when you’re talking to other departments. Watch your tone when talking to them. Just because you’ve been in rehearsals and they haven’t doesn’t mean they don’t know what’s going on. And they always tell your superior.
- Don’t panic. Things go wrong. But guess what? It’s theatre. You’re not in a war zone. You’re not out patrolling the streets. Everything is going to be fine.
- Keep your answers short. If you’re asked a simple question, give a simple answer. But if something goes wrong, be prepared to explain why and have a solution. Critical thinking is incredibly important.
- Know how to walk quietly. Seriously. I don’t know how many people I’ve worked with who can’t figure it out.
i will puke if i am nominated for the ice bucket challenge bc i am unemployed (hence v little $$) and i don’t wanna
am i bad person? maybe
aria why are you still talking to ezra
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