THIS FAT OLD LADY’S THEATER TUESDAY – THE THEATER NIGHTMARE

Last night I had a variation on a theme, recurrent nightmare.

I am in a show.  I arrive late.  My costumes are nowhere to be found.  I can’t remember how long before I have to go on, so I don’t know if I have time to go to where wardrobe is stored to get my costumes (if, indeed, they are there).

This is what I call a theater nightmare.

Sometimes, I have to go on and I realize I didn’t bring any makeup with me.

Sometimes, I cannot remember my lines and cannot find a script to save my soul.

Sometimes, I have a rehearsal and I realize I am either too far away to get there on time or I don’t know where I am supposed to be … etc.

You get the idea.

So, my question is –

Do people who are not in theater have these nightmares too?

The stress of these nightmares is heightened by the sense of duty to perform – for the audience and for your fellow cast members.

It is not just a – I can’t remember my speech or I forgot my pants – kind of thing.

It’s not really scary.

It’s stressful.

Really really stressful.

And it is a nightmare.

So do people who don’t do theater have this kind of nightmare or are us theater folk the only one’s “blessed” by this particular type of dream?

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2 thoughts on “THIS FAT OLD LADY’S THEATER TUESDAY – THE THEATER NIGHTMARE

  1. Sorry to say I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, but I did give up smoking a couple of weeks ago and last night I dreamed i had a fag. It was so realistic, and I was so upset and disappointed with myself!

  2. It’s great though that you were not thrilled about the “dream cigarette” and instead were upset and disappointed! To me, that means you know, deep down, that it’s time to stop smoking! Good for you!

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