A Familiar Nightmare

I had a nightmare recently. This, in itself, is not very surprising. I have nightmares all of the time like normal people do. Normal people have nightmares, right? I’m fairly normal. We’re all crazy. Anyway, this nightmare stuck with me instead of fading away with the sunrise. It was a dream about my old life, a life I left nearly a decade ago. It was definitely an anxiety dream. I have anxiety in my waking life, why should my dream life be different?

In the dream, I was visiting an old friend at a theater just before showtime. I was just planning to stop by and visit briefly but she was not there. That was concerning because my friend was a stage manager and was running the lighting board. (Of course, “she” was some vague stand-in for the multitudes of female stage managers I’ve known). The way stage management works anybody should be able to run the show based on what is called a “prompt book”. The show must go on so I volunteered to step into her shoes and run things for the night.

I was completely unfamiliar with the show but I tried to decipher the prompt book anyway. For those who do not know, a prompt book is the show’s script with an overlay of cues and notes needed to run the show and ‘prompt’ people to do their jobs. It is the show “bible” and should allow you any knowledge you need to put on the show. In the dream, the notes were not easy to understand or follow. I struggled to keep up with the show.

Meanwhile, I kept getting pulled away from the booth and the theater for multiple reasons. I was constantly trying to get back to my spot. When I got there, I struggled to figure out what I was doing. It should have been completely harrowing but it was kind of exhilarating. It was also flattering that I could still command respect in my own field. The dream had no resolution. Dreams rarely do. I woke with an uneasy feeling and went about my day.

(Sorry this was late)

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