Death of a Theatre Iron
In Loving Memory of “Misty”
I like the smell of ironing It makes me think of home, Of when I was a youngster Long before I'd writ' a poem.
That sense of real security Remembered as a dream, Embedded in mum's ironing-board And floating in the steam. –from “Ironing” by John Carter Brown
Industrial Iron #4 (“Misty”)–age of somewhat over 15 (a lady never reveals her exact age), Nashville, TN–journeyed to the great costume shop in the sky during “tech week” of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The cause of death was heat exhaustion. Misty was preceded in death by Industrial Irons # 1-3 and survived by a very lonely ironing board. Pressed into service (see what we did there?), Misty served Nashville Rep for many years. An active member of Nashville’s artistic community, Misty’s work could not only be seen on the Nashville Rep stage, but also Nashville Ballet, MTSU Opera, Webb School, and Tennessee Governor’s School. Because she glided smoothly on virtually any fabric, Misty’s responsibilities incCREASEd each year with Nashville Rep. She will be long remembered for her steamy sense of humor and her anti-drip system. Viewing will not be open to the public as Misty requested to be buried in a simple pine box behind Nashville Rep’s scene shop.