I just got home from Put In (and I am really grateful for the ride home, or I will still be on my way). It started early this morning as I trekked to MIT via my morning coffee. It made me a little late, but improved my mood immensely. We loaded the truck with the set and everything else that might be remotely useful. There is nothing worse than realizing you need something on the other side of campus.
Unloading the truck is kind of exciting. While there is a freight elevator, it is only used for the truly too unwieldy to move objects (usually heavy dexion pieces and the like). Most of the set and bits and bobs are carried along the outside of the student center (down and up a couple of really short sets of stairs) and then up a narrow set of stairs into the back of Sala. Our set is raised, with the main back portion of the set being about hip height off the ground. There are some interesting stairs on both sides and a bit of a ramp, all of which were assembled from pieces built in the set shop today in situ.
Put in isn't dangerous per se, but it isn't safe either. There are power tools everywhere (a power saw, a bevy of cordless drills, etc.) and more stuff than you can shake a stick at. After a few hours the excitement wears off and the little injuries build up. I dropped at least one heavy bit of set on my fingers, had dexion fall on my hands, and nearly fell up a flight of stairs. All in the name of being safe and getting stuff done. When we left, the last big flat was up and screwed into place with more dexion. People were gaff taping every seam or edge of the set to make sure that the light from backstage wouldn't show through. People were painting over the tape and cleaning up sawdust and other things.
More stuff will happen to the set tomorrow while we rehearse elsewhere, and we will rehearse on the set Tuesday. Dress rehearsals are Wednesday and Thursday with Opening Day being Friday. It is time dilation at the extreme. Running too fast, when the bulk of the rehearsals felt like they would never end.
It's Show time.