5th Avenue Theatre Debuts New Work Program to Support Musical Theatre Development

by Jacob Coakley
5th Avenue Theatre Musical Supervisor Ian Eisendrath will head the program.

 


5th Avenue Theatre Musical Supervisor Ian Eisendrath will head the program.

Alright composers, lyricists and book writers, there’s a new forum to get your new musical produced: The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Wash., has just announced their New Work Program. The Program aims to provide “the opportunity for teams of up-and-coming and established composers, lyricists and book writers, to create Musical Theater, uninterrupted by the hassles and distractions of their daily lives.” Programs include writers’ residencies, retreats, table readings, workshops, to fully-staged productions. The Program is supported by the donations of long-time 5th Avenue donors Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff. Resident Music Supervisor Ian Eisendrath will head the New Works Program.

A.C. Lighting Debuts New Lighting Solutions at LDI

by Stage Directions
A.C. Lighting debuted a bevy of new gear at LDI, including the Chroma-Q Inspire Mini

 

A.C. Lighting debuted a bevy of new gear at LDI, including the Chroma-Q Inspire Mini

A.C. Lighting showed off new Chroma-Q and Jands lighting gear and ArKaos and LedGo video solutions at LDI this year. Chroma-Q was represented by the Inspire Mini RGBW color-mixing LED house light and the new Color Block 2 Plus Nano versatile single cell LED system. The Jands Stage CL console software now supports twice the number of LEDs or dimmers, and the ArKaos Studio Server received its North American launch. More new products after the jump.

Actors Theatre of Louisville Announce Name and Opening of Restaurant

by Jacob Coakley
Chef Edward Lee’s restaurant Milkwood will open at Actors Theatre of Louisville Feb. 8.

 


Chef Edward Lee’s restaurant Milkwood will open at Actors Theatre of Louisville Feb. 8.

Last August the Actors Theatre of Louisville announced that Chef Edward Lee would take over their restaurant space, and now they’ve announced the restaurant’s name, theme and opening date. The new restaurant, Milkwood, will open to the public on Feb. 8 will feature a menu of “comfort food with an Asian pantry.” The restaurant was named as a tribute to Dylan Thomas’ Under Milkwood—a play for multiple voices about the inhabitants of a colorful and whimsical village that Lee reflects is “much like Louisville” in its representation of an “authentically one-of-kind community.”

Adaptive Video Walls Raises Record Video Wall for Surf the Musical

by Jacob Coakley
The crew setting up the video walls for Surf the Musical in Adaptive Video Walls frames to fly in and out.

The crew setting up the video walls for Surf the Musical in Adaptive Video Walls frames to fly in and out.

Adaptive Video Walls and Displays has teamed up with Sharp Electronics and WorldStage to create a massive video wall for the new show based on Beach Boys songs from the ‘60s Surf the Musical. The show is set to premier in Las Vegas and when it does it will feature 136 Sharp PN-V601 60-inch monitors acting as the backdrop for the show. A central wall unit consisting of 40 monitors (5 across, 8 tall) will be flanked on either side by units that are 4 across, 8 tall (64  monitors). All of this will be bracketed by another two groups consisting of 2 across, 8 tall (32 monitors). There are so many monitors the production has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest flown LCD video wall display.

American Conservatory Theatre to Offer Free Rehearsal and Performance Space

by Jacob Coakley
The American Conservatory Theater has received grants that will allow it to cover the costs of other theatre companies using its space.

 


The American Conservatory Theater has received grants that will allow it to cover the costs of other theatre companies using its space.

San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater has received grants from the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collective and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation that will enable A.C.T. to provide no-cost rehearsal and performance space to local arts orgs in their new Costume Shop theatre, a 49-seat black box space. Some of the already-confirmed partnering arts organizations include: Campo Santo Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, PlayGround and Theatre Rhinoceros.

American DJ Mega Tripar Profile

by Jacob Coakley
The American DJ Mega Tripar Profile

 


The American DJ Mega Tripar Profile

The new Mega TRIPAR Profile from American DJ is powered by five 3-watt 3-in-1 Tri LEDs (red, green and blue) and is designed to produce bright colors that are more smoothly blended than those from par cans with single-color LEDs. Its Tri-Color LED technology also eliminates the annoying RGB shadows often associated with single-color LED lamps. The Mega Tripar Profile is housed in a low-profile sit-flat case identical to that of the original Mega Par Profile.  Because the power and DMX connectors have been intelligently positioned on the side of the fixture, rather than the rear, the Mega TRIPAR Profile can sit directly on the ground or inside truss without its hanging bracket.

American Theatre Wing Relaunches Downstage Center Podcast

by Jacob Coakley
The first new Downstage Center podcast features Ron Raines and Elaine Paige .

The first new Downstage Center podcast features Ron Raines and Elaine Paige .

The American Theatre Wing is relaunching their Downstage Center podcast series under a new format. The new podcasts will feature two people discussing a theatre topic. The first new podcast features Ron Raines and Elaine Paige, both currently starring in the Follies revival on Broadway.

Arena Stage Announces Winners of Student 10-Minute Play Competition

by Jacob Coakley
Eight student playwrights won a production of their work and $250

 


Eight student playwrights won a production of their work and $250

Almost 800 Washington, D.C. middle school and high school students submitted a 10-minute play to 2011/2012 Student Playwrights Project 10-Minute Play Competition at Arena Stage. Winners of the competition receive playwriting master classes as well as further script development with Arena and a performance of the play by professional actors in Arena Stage’s Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. The eight winners were: Scott Bertaut, Sarah Chaikind, Keila Cline, Zoe Davidson, Steven Duffy, Emoni Matthews, Madeline Pages and Sahana Ramani. The titles of their plays, and the list of honorable mentions after the jump.

Artists Rep AD Allen Nause to Retire

by Jacob Coakley
Allen Nause, artistic director of Artists Rep in Portland, has announced he will retire in 2013.

 


Allen Nause, artistic director of Artists Rep in Portland, has announced he will retire in 2013.

The Artists Rep theatre in Portland, Ore., has announced that Allen Nause, their artistic director for the past 25 years will retire in 2013. The theatre has started a search for his replacement, who will begin in 2013.