That small moment summed up a lot about the collaborative nature of theater for me. I had no practical idea how to create the illusion my script calls for, but I didn’t need to. The set designer knew how, and the stagehands were diligent in the operation (which was a colossal pain for them about which they were too gracious ever to complain). Theater allowed me to leverage my imagination through the collaborative resources of theater to make far better art than I would ever be capable of on my own. As I continue to write, I try to keep that in mind when I begin to feel a stage direction is impossible – and to remain grateful for it. Theater enables me to write what I cannot physically create because it puts me in tandem with artists who can.