If all the world's a stage, is it portable, mobile, compact, and durable? Can it be folded, rolled, tucked away and set up without tools? And how much truck space does it occupy? Does it link to other stages in a variety of configurations and what type of accessories does it come with? What, exactly, are its dimensions when it's deployed and when it's in transportation mode?This is what we've come to expect from our stages - an efficient design that can quickly and easily be handled by one or two people, something that can be set up without having to use tools and without having to expend much time or energy. We expect something that can stand up to constant abuse by gargantuan roadies on a mission to finish load-in/load-out so they can enjoy their donuts and coffee. We expect it to go up the truck ramp without tipping over and without having to get too much of a running start. We would like for it to fit nicely in the truck and play well with other gear. And if it doesn't pinch us, cut us, bruise us or make us sweat profusely, well, that's just a bonus.
Most stages come in a variety of decking materials that might include plywood or aluminum, and they might be available in a variety of surfaces including carpet, vinyl, paint, wood or urethane. Does the world offer these options? Just how good of a stage is the world, anyway?
If all the world is a stage, then it should live up to the expectations of modern day stage technology. If all the world is really a stage, then not only do we want better lighting but we want better staging too. We want staging just like the ones listed in this month's Buyer's Guide on modular staging. To see what we really want, just download a copy of the PDF.