Some of the useful things The Heroes have learned along the way.
1. If you think your original script is just the right length in its first draft, you need to cut it. And cut it again. And again and again.
2. At the very least, make sure you have enough video tape to completely document the performance of your epic play.
3. Limiting the amount of clothing that can be donated to your garage sale fundraiser will insure that your funky back yard event is not confused for an emergency response clothing drop. Or an exploded Goodwill truck.
4. Don't be too scared to invite your audience members up on stage with you for a family picture. (But do have a back up plan in case they refuse.)
5. Count on the fact that you will never have WiFi when you need it.
6. Never take for granted free access to a copy machine.
7. Don't forget to order a few vegetarian pizzas for your starving artists.
8. Take a lot of pictures at the after/cast party so you can remember that, sometimes, this work amounts to something that feels like joy.
9. Avoid, at all costs, any arrangements that require you to provide your own projector and/or screen.
10. Be aware that forty curling irons operating at the same time will probably trip the breaker.
11. At all times that you need to, stop to laugh. Stop to smoke. Stop to rest. And, if a marching band passes you randomly, drop what you're doing to run after it.
12. When opening champagne bottles, aim away from your fellow board members.
13. Don't panic. Take a deep breath.