I mentioned in the Preface that if you are anything like me, you might have skipped over the first pages at the front of the book. If so, there is still time to go back, but if not, here we are at Chapter 1, the “Introduction,” and let’s cut directly to “The Professional Gap.”

The Professional Gap

You are about to journey into professional SMing as it has never before been traveled. Many good books have been written on this subject, so why another? To my knowledge, there is no one book that deals with the total experience of a professional SM. I mentioned in the Preface that in full-scale “professional” productions, much of the technical work that might be expected of an SM in academic theatre, community theatre, little theatre, ...

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