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Stage Management, 10th Edition by Alice R. O'Grady, Lawrence Stern

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APPENDIX C

A Few Theater Stories

 

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Knowing jokes is not a substitute for having a sense of humor. There are occasions, however, when a good theater anecdote can be helpful.

  1. The wedding of the daughter of a famous Hollywood character actor brought out many producers, directors, and agents. As the proud father escorted the bride down the aisle, this whisper was overheard: “Will you look who they got to play the father!”

  2. The old circus worker came home drenched from a storm. For years his job had been to follow the elephants in the parades and clean up after them.

His wife pleaded with him. “Why do you do it? ...

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