By Sully Sullivan, from the Theater Cop series by J. A. Hennrikus
This afternoon I was in a production meeting for a show they want to do next year. They're talking about a pool of water, rain, and crashing waves during the show. Pools of blood spurting during the fight scene. An actor flying in the final scene.
Now, it's times like this I can't help but recall my days on the beat. I never saw someone fly, but I did see more than my fair share of blood. I'd also learned that water and electricity don't go together. That's a story for another day. I've got to admit, when they talked about waves and rain onstage, all I could think about is the lights.
"Isn't that dangerous?" I asked.
"We'll make it safe," the technical director said. Then she started going on about where the cables go, and grounding, and actor safety being the top priority.
I looked at her, carefully. Until that moment, I hadn't realized that trust, always an elusive emotion for me, was necessary every day in theater. Trust was as essential here as it had been in the police station. Trust in both physical and emotional safety.
Thanks to the Cliffside, I was getting it back.
BIO: J.A. Hennrikus writes the Theater Cop series. Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop series. They both tweet as @JHAuthors, and are on Instagram as @JAHenn