Winners Announced for Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival

by Stage Directions
NEW YORK – From a selection of 40 short plays, six plays have been chosen as the winning scripts from the 33rd Annual Samuel French Inc. Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, which concluded July 20 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The winning scripts are: The Dying Breed by Thomas Higgins, The Thread Men by Thomas C. Dunn, Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish by Sheila Callaghan, F**king Art by Bekah Brunstetter, The Grave by Gabe McKinley and Juniper; Jubilee by Janine Nabers. The scripts will be published as a collection and licensed by Samuel French Inc. The collection will be available for sale later this fall/winter.

Wipeout Plus Cleaner

by Jacob Coakley
Stagestep Wipeout Plus

Stagestep Wipeout Plus

Stagestep’s Wipeout Plus floor-cleaning agent now has the ability to remove tape adhesive residue. The improved formula penetrates, loosens, breaks down and dissolves many stains (including dye marks and scuffmarks) from vinyl and non-porous surfaces. Each 6.8 oz. pump spray bottle of Wipeout Plus retails for $22.00 including shipping and handling within the Continental U.S. It is not effective on aluminum compound tap residue.

Wireworks Lumavue Custom Panels Help Organize

by Jacob Coakley

A Wireworks LumaVue Custom Panel
HILLSIDE, NJ—AV racks serve as an organizational tool and a means to showcase the high-end audio and video gear installed. Wireworks LumaVue Custom Panels can serve as both connection panels and identification plates with custom engraving including company name, logo and contact info. The panels are designed to serve a wide range of applications within the AV industry, and can be rear illuminated for instant identification in a wide range of locations where there is limited visibility. Since each panel is custom-made, design possibilities for Wireworks LumaVue Custom Panels and Plates are unlimited and allow for virtually any wording, numbering, identification, diagram, symbol, graphic and corporate logo to be permanently imprinted.

World Wide Theatre Web

by Jacob Coakley
The new home page of the Theatre Resources Directory


The new home page of the Theatre Resources Directory
Plenty of caffeine and coding later, the Theatre Resources Directory comes online

Welcome to the 2012 Stage Directions Theatre Resources Directory! Once again we’ve combed the known universe to bring all the companies you might need to put on a show and put them at your fingertips. This year, though, we did even more than that: We put them online, too.

WorxAudio M80X2-P Line Array

by Stage Directions
WorxAudio Technologies has introduced the M80X2-P Line Array, a new addition to the company’s TrueLine Series. The M80X2-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact line array loudspeaker system. The M80X2-P line array incorporates two modules, each with a medium format, 1-inch exit compression driver coupled to a stabilized proprietary FlatWave Former (wave shaping device) that delivers clear, penetrating high frequencies over a predictable and controlled coverage area.

Writers’ Theatre Chooses Studio Gang Architects for New Theatre Design

by Jacob Coakley
Writers’ Theatre and Studio Gang will team up to envision a new theatre.

 


Writers’ Theatre and Studio Gang will team up to envision a new theatre.

They undertook an international search, but went with a local firm: Writers’ Theatre, searching for an architect who understands Chicago neighborhoods, and theatre, chose Studio Gang Architects, led by Jeanne Gang, to design a new home for Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

Writers’ Theatre Receives $100k NEA “Our Town” Grant

by Jacob Coakley
The Writers’ Theatre will use the $100,000 to build a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, Ill.

 


The Writers’ Theatre will use the $100,000 to build a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, Ill.

Whatever its challenges, the NEA is certainly looking to change the way it interacts with arts orgs. It is giving out fewer small grants to small orgs, and betting on larger grants to projects that go beyond just institutional support. Their “Our Town” grant initiative grant awards money to a non-profit org that has partnered with a local government entity for a project that will “will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” That’s a far step from simply giving operating funds to artists and arts orgs. The latest recipient of an NEA Our Town grant is the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Ill. The grant will help Writers’ Theatre build a new theatre in downtown Glencoe. The new theatre center will be designed by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang and Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects (SGA), and is meant to expand Chicago’s North Shore cultural corridor.

Yale Rep Receives $950,000 From Robina Foundation to Support Yale Center for New Theatre

by Stage Directions
NEW HAVEN, CT—Yale Repertory Theatre has received a $950,000 gift from the Robina Foundation in support of the Yale Center for New Theatre. This gift is an addition to the Foundation’s 2008 gift of $2.85 million, which established the Yale Center for New Theatre, and extends Robina’s support of the Center’s activities through June 2012. The Yale Center for New Theatre is an integrated, artist-driven initiative to support the creation of new plays and musicals for the American stage through residencies, readings, workshops and full productions. A key component of the Center’s work is the support of productions of Yale-commissioned works at theatres other than Yale Rep—over the next four years, more than $600,000 will be committed to this project. The Yale Center for New Theatre also facilitates playwrights’ and composers’ residencies as lecturers at the School of Drama. The Center is overseen by Artistic Director James Bundy and Associate Artistic Director Jennifer Kiger, director of Yale Repertory Theatre’s new play program.

Yamaha CL Firmware v2.0 Now Available

by Jacob Coakley

Version 2.0 of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Audio Consoles firmware includes enhancements for sound reinforcement applications as well as mix-minus capabilities for the broadcast market. One significant enhancement in V2.0 is discovery and head amp control for the new, compact QL Series that also inherits CL Series features and performance. A QL console can function as both monitor mixer and I/O rack, for example, while a front-of-house CL console can remotely control the head amp gain of the QL console’s I/O. Other new features in CL V2.0 include DCA Roll-Out: Channels assigned to DCA groups can be instantly called up to the console faders for enhanced operational flexibility; output DCA enables the Stereo/Mono bus masters, Mix bus masters, and Matrix bus masters to be assigned to DCA groups.