This is not to say we get it right every time. It’s also not to say that staying up all night in a dark theater in a flop sweat trying to solve the latest problem is the healthiest way of working on a project. But all of us – actors, playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians – we all have ingrained in us the universal rallying cry of theater people everywhere: “The show must go on!” It’s half time management, and half elbow grease, this ability of ours to make miracles happen within very strict timelines.
Next time you’re working towards a deadline and you start to think there’s no way you’ll finish in time, remember the costume designer sewing buttons until 2 AM. Remember the actor pacing the floor of his apartment in the pattern of his fight choreography. Remember the technician who stays after rehearsal to get on a ladder and re-hang lights because they aren't quite right. What will it take for your show to go on? How will you create magic with the resources you have?