Broadway Celebrates Landmark Legislation with Same-Sex Marriages

by Jacob Coakley
Three same-sex couple will marry after the performance of HAIR on Monday, July 25.

Three same-sex couple will marry after the performance of HAIR on Monday, July 25.
I always cry at weddings—I’m a big softie. But in the past couple of years, as various states have legalized same-sex marriages, I’ve been crying (for joy, just to be clear) over the possibility of weddings. A few weeks back (just in time for Pride weekend), the New York state legislature legalized same-sex marriages. In celebration of this fact, on Monday, July 25, immediately following a performance of Hair, Broadway will celebrate three same-sex marriages of members of the Broadway community. Congratulations to partners Terri White and Donna Barnett, Ryan Dietz and Josh Levine, and John Raymond Barker and Jared Pike—and to all the other new happy married couples in New York!

Broadway to Dim Its Lights to Honor Martin Pakledinaz

by Jacob Coakley
Martin Pakledinaz, a two-time Tony Award-winner for his costume design

Martin Pakledinaz, a two-time Tony Award-winner for his costume design

Broadway will dim its lights on Thursday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m., to honor the memory of Martin Pakledinaz, a Tony Award-winning costume designer who died Sunday, July 8 of cancer. Pakledinaz was a successful and highly regarded costume designer who was nominated for the Tony for Costume Design 10 times—including this year for his work on Nice Work If You Can Get It—and won twice (for the 1999 Kiss Me Kate revival and for Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002). Pakledina was 58.

BroadWeigh Load Monitoring System from Mantracourt Electronics

by Jacob Coakley
The BroadWeigh shackle with a load pin that can report data wirelessly to a computer or a handheld display.

 


The BroadWeigh shackle with a load pin that can report data wirelessly to a computer or a handheld display.

Mantracourt Electronics’ new BroadWeigh load monitoring system is designed to provide accurate, wireless, real-time load monitoring of stage equipment and assist rigging professionals within the entertainment sector. Central to the design of the system is a wireless shackle equipped with a high accuracy load pin that is able to report data wirelessly to a computer or a handheld display.  The system is able to monitor multiple loads and trigger an alarm should a load exceed a preset parameter. By monitoring individual loads on each suspension point in a lifting operation, BroadWeigh technology can facilitate the correct balance and distribution of load. In addition it can provide early warnings prior to overload or under-load situations before an accident occurs.

Budapest Opera Serenades with Innovason

by Stage Directions
BUDAPEST – The recently renovated Budapest Operetta Theatre in the heart of Budapest’s renowned theatre district has taken delivery of an Innovason Sy80 digital mixing system from Hungarian Innovason distributors, Microsound Ltd.

Burning Wheel Hosts Bogart

by Jacob Coakley
LOS ANGELES --- Backstage.com is reporting that Los Angeles theatre company Burning Wheel will present A Conversation with Anne Bogart on July 19 in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public.

Bogart is Artistic Director of the New York-based SITI Company, which she founded in 1992 with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki. She has received two Obie Awards, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and heads Columbia University's graduate directing program. Bogart has written three books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book, and And Then, You Act.

The moderated event will take place July 19, 9 p.m., at 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. To RSVP e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more on Burning Wheel, visit www.burningwheel.net .

But Will It Wash Off...

by Jay Duckworth
Graffiti in production of Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park
Graffiti in production of Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park

Creating stage graffiti, that’s easy to clean up night after night

“That’s not quite it. Can you keep going?” asked Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater. “Of course,” I replied. This is the stuff I love about doing props and I haven’t been able to prop a show for this man I admire for seven years, so I was not going to let him down. We were discussing a scene in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, where Cassius throws a big blue paintball onto a Julius Caesar political poster. When I say big paintball, I mean it. The poster was 4’x4’; Oskar wanted it fully covered.

CAD Audio Ships CADLive 3000 Wireless

by Jacob Coakley
The CAD Audio CADLive 3000 Wireless family

The CADLive 3000 wireless system operates in the 500 MHz band for superior frequency agility and RF stability. Proprietary CAD ScanLink technology with Infrared transmitter setup allows the user to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment. True Diversity operation minimizes multipath interference while CADLock Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path. The 3000 system receiver and transmitters are equipped with a high definition LCD display and full RF, AF, Battery Life, Mic Sensitivity and RF power metering.

CAD Technology Awarded ESP Vision Distributorship

by Jacob Coakley

LAS VEGAS—ZZYZX, Inc. has appointed CAD Technology as its ESP Vision distributor for South America. CAD Technology will also be responsible for training and support in the region.  CAD Technology, has long been a distributor of 3D design, drafting and lighting software, including Vectorworks Spotlight, Cinema 4D and LightWave.

 

California Shakespeare Theater Receives $25,000 Shakespeare for a New Generation Grant

by Jacob Coakley

California Shakespeare Theater has received a 2013-2014 “Shakespeare for a New Generation” grant from the NEA. A co-operative effort between the NEA and the Arts Midwest the Shakespeare for a New Generation program will give 40 theatres $25,000 each to bring “the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.” This is the 11th year of the program, and Cal Shakes has been participating for eight years in a row now via their Student Discovery program.