American theatrical unions are strange things.
I just arrived at a venue for a tech rehearsal: as arranged I was there 30 mins before the official start time.
The theatre is really beautiful, but a very awkward space for me. Imagine a huge old wonderful theatre auditorium and proscenium arch. Now, dig 10 feet down into the auditorium, and drop in tiered seating all around a central stage area. Have 3 entrance/exit runways going onto the stage, and no clear front or back. As I said, beautiful, but not my perfect habitat.
No problem, I am here early. I will warm up and plan how I will use the space. I ask if I may go on the (empty) stage to do so.
“You may walk around, but you may not juggle until the technicians arrive. Union rules. You know how it is”.
No. No, I do not know how it is…
Here is a video of John Cage performing Water Walk. Sans working radios, because the electricians and sound union couldn’t decide who was allowed to plug them in: