Instead it began at 8:07.
The Bay Bridge broke yesterday evening, and we had warned the cast and crew about that for the trip home last night, and the trip in today. It is obviously huge news around here - bridges aren't supposed to break.
But one of the actors forgot. His typical commute is over the Golden Gate bridge, not the Bay, but traffic everywhere was a mess due to all the vehicles that were displaced. So he left his house at the usual time which would ordinarily have gotten him here at 6:30. He arrived at 8:05.
I spent a lot of time on the phone: with the actor to get updates on his progress, with the managing director about how long we could conceivably wait to start, with various other staff members to keep them updated. I got to make a curtain speech at 7:35, walking out onstage to tell the audience that we were very sorry, but we were anticipating tonight's curtain to be 8p. (Ordinarily I only make announcements over the God mic, but I kind of felt that asking people to hang out for 25 minutes required a face.)
Thankfully most of the audience stayed, and the show itself ran well. But really - he forgot? I just - gah. Only eight more shows.