Q&A with Elizabeth Stasio, Driftwood Players stage manager for ‘Born Yesterday’

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Elizabeth Stasio (Photo by Syrinda Sharpe)

By Syrinda Sharpe

I talked with Elizabeth Stasio, the stage manager of the current Driftwood Players production of “Born Yesterday,” playing through June 26 at the Wade James Theatre in Edmonds.

Q: How did you get involved in this show?

A: I knew the director, Scott Randall, from acting in another show he directed “Voice of the Prairie” at Driftwood. Scott still thinks of me as an actor!  I also worked as set designer with my grandfather for “Annie.”

Q: What does a stage manager do?

A: They “call” the show — tell the light and sound techs when to run their cues.  take care of all the actors, props and getting the stage in order before and after the show. During rehearsals, I take notes on blocking and it is my job to make sure the actors follow the director’s vision consistently.

Q: What is the best part of the job?

A: (With a big grin on her face) Organizing “stuff.”  That really plays to my strengths. The best thing is when I walk into the green room for the first time before a show — it gets silent — I just love that!

Q: What do you like the least?

A: Tech week. I am the person everyone brings everything to! I have to balance all the demands from the designers, actors and director, as well as my own tasks.

Q: What is an interesting aspect of this show?

A: There is a mix of seasoned actors and some students of the director. It is a cool mix of people to work with.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: I have a very physical part in one of the “shorts” for Driftwood’s Festival of Shorts, which runs July 8 and 9.

Born Yesterday runs through June 26 at the Wade James Theatre. Call the box office for tickets at 425-774-9600.

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