from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One who attends to the proper setting of a play on the stage.
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The keen Attic imagination will take the place of the thousand arts of the later stage-setter.
A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life William Stearns Davis 1903
That was the case with "Comedy Tonight," the classic opening stage-setter for the marvelously entertaining "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" on the Spokane Civic Theatre's Main Stage.
But I'm more convinced than ever that a direct attack on the money / influence nexus based on campaign contributions, and on the self-perpetuation of the status quo in Washington through political gerrymandering, is an essential stage-setter if the next administration is going to accomplish the radical change the times call for.
The Hill Blog Progressive Policy Institutes Senior F Ed Kilgore 2008
Last Saturday, the island’s two main camps split elections that were widely seen as a stage-setter for the key 2008 presidential vote.
Divided Island 2007
Based on my reading of a draft and the March quarterly report, it's more of a stage-setter and a jumping-off point that may or may not lead to a reversal in the trend.