by Esther Rodriguez
Menorah? Check. Five hundred mini pink heart stickers? Check. Thirteen banners painted in varying shades of pink? Check. What the props department takes care of during the breadth of a show is often slightly odd but always completely necessary for the show to come off successfully. As I like to say, if actors have something to hold in every scene then I’ve done my job.
Terrifyingly, this show - this glorious show with the largest number of props I’ve ever had to see in a Google Doc - was my first time taking on the mantle of head of the department. When I first made the list of props in the show, I went through all seven stages of grief in the first twenty minutes of reading the script, denial down to acceptance, before bucking up and rushing to get my first Amazon order ready. And I’ve been in a rush since, scrambling to tackle item after item before the madness of tech week begins. I can only thank the patience of my two assistants Allie and Annie for putting up with my neurosis and working their hardest. And special thanks to producer Raidizon for the picture below, one of the many things that makes working in the props department 100% worth every bit of stress.