Shawn McAllister

Rookie (January 22,1944 / San Antonio, Texas)

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Shawn McAllister is an actor, writer, and film producer. A longstanding member of both Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association, he has appeared in more than 25 feature films and television programs and 75 stage productions. He worked several years as a stage manager and/or production manager in South Florida, Pennsylvania and New York, most notably for Producing Managers and the Zev ... more »

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Opening Night

Opening night, butterflies are floating
the crowd anticipating, and backstage waiting

Tell me, Saint Genesius,
what ghost you send tonight
to fill my heart with laughter—
to stock my mind with fire!
And tell me, Saint Genesius,
what performance shall I give
to hear the thunder of applause
from within these silent chambers?

The stage is bare,
lamps dark and gelled;
the grid creaks its deserted chant;
all the while somewhere in the rafters,
amidst the array of Lekos and Fresnels,
hangs the spirit of the centuries.

The ...

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