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getting stuff backstage question#1
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:29pm
Okay I know there is a massive thread on this somewhere. However, I am heading to NY to see Jude Law in Hamlet and I have done an art piece of him in the role. I just have a question of what do you think is the best way to get this to him if I can. I was thinking mailing it. Cuz, I here the stage door is mobbed. Any suggestions, it's not a big piece. It's digitally painted. I have actually done some pieces for other b'way actors, mind you they are not as well known as Jude, so I was able just to give to them.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#2
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:36pm
You can probably drop it off at the stage door during the day sometime (maybe go before the show); there is usually a stage door attendant at the theater to deal with deliveries and stuff.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#2
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:38pm
I don't mean to burst your bubble, but because many celebrities get gifts from people, most end up in the trash; however, I know some have saved stuff. But this is Jude Law, and I don't know what he saves from fans.

How big is this piece? Maybe you can just mail it. If not, you can always hand it to a stage door person prior to the performance.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#3
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:43pm
Go at a non peak time to the stage door and drop it off. It will get to him.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#4
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:45pm
well it's a risk I'm willing to take. It'll only be an 8.5 by 11. Like I said, I've never done a piece for a celebrity before, except baz luhrmann, but I was actually able to hand that to him myself.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#5
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:52pm
Make sure it's labeled. If you want to leave a note, prepare that beforehand (don't expect to be provided pen and paper). Just hand it to the backstage doorman (or woman) and say thank you. It's part of their job responsibilities.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#6
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:52pm
Take a chance and drop it off at the Stage Door.

Today at the flea market though, one of Stephanie J. Blocks "opening night show gift" from a fan was being sold.

I found that kind of tacky.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#7
Posted: 9/27/09 at 9:58pm
Ohh that's bad. Imagine if the fan saw it.

Talk about tacky, Kerry Ellis sold her Theatre World Awards on eBay.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#8
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:01pm
that is tacky, luckily this is a digital piece so I will have the original
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re: getting stuff backstage question#9
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:11pm
Saveusmike: What was the fan gift? An overly glittered poster with a million pictures of Stephanie J. Block?
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re: getting stuff backstage question#10
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:14pm
I think if you politely ask the attendant, it could be delivered at the door since it's not big or anything, seems reasonable to me!

On a similar note--is the Hamlet door really that bad crowd-wise? I ask because I would really like to see Kevin McNally and I know sometimes when there's a 'big star' some of the others can rush off :/
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re: getting stuff backstage question#11
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:15pm
Millie, if that is what it is then I don't blame her for selling it.

Why do fans feel that actors want 2000 pictures of themselves put in a funny frame?
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re: getting stuff backstage question#12
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:18pm
The gift was a "9 to 5" Picture Frame. The first time I saw it was on FB in some 9 to 5 fan girls album.

Then today when I saw it I just looked at it and on the back it said something like
Have a great first show you rock! or something like that.

I mean of course stars dont keep everything people give them, but imagine if that girl would have went to the flea market and saw the picture frame she made for steph on sale?

I would be so upset.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#13
Posted: 9/27/09 at 10:43pm
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oooo I was totally there when at girl gave the frame to Stephanie! it was totally awkward because she put her email on the back and made sure everyone knew it was there. She made one for Allison and one for Megan. I actually found it kind of hilarious that it was there.


aright bear with me if this gets messed up... I've never tried to post a picture before

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re: getting stuff backstage question#14
Posted: 9/28/09 at 1:18pm
Ohh that's bad. Imagine if the fan saw it.

My first flea market I saw someone come across a gift they had given a Wicked cast member up for sale at the Wicked table. She seemed to be an ok sport about it, what with the 'the money goes to charity' aspect of it and all.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#15
Posted: 9/28/09 at 2:01pm
She seemed to be an ok sport about it, what with the 'the money goes to charity' aspect of it and all.

I'm glad that girl wasn't upset. I mean come on. It's not like the stars want to keep every piece of random fan artwork they get from people and have their walls covered in the stuff. She should be happy that this way hopefully some money for charity could come out of it. (If it sells, that is. I saw a lot of badly done fan artwork for sale, that I really don't know who would want.) I actually did something similar. I drew a portrait of an actor, had him sign it for me, and then sold it at my table. It actually went for $20!
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re: getting stuff backstage question#16
Posted: 9/28/09 at 2:20pm
I saw the Stephanie J. Block frame at the flea market. It was signed by the three leads. I would have bought it if Dolly had signed it as well. The girl who made it should be happy that Stephanie saw some value in it to donate it to charity and the frame will probably have a longer life this way. Who knows, if she is making these frames for all shows people might start collecting them at the flea markets every year.
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re: getting stuff backstage question#17
Posted: 9/28/09 at 3:19pm
"I saw the Stephanie J. Block frame at the flea market. It was signed by the three leads. I would have bought it if Dolly had signed it as well. The girl who made it should be happy that Stephanie saw some value in it to donate it to charity and the frame will probably have a longer life this way. Who knows, if she is making these frames for all shows people might start collecting them at the flea markets every year."

A lot of the crap given to cast members ends up at the flea market. This is nothing new. I don't understand why people feel the need to give total strangers gifts.