ATCA Names Six Finalists for 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award

by Jacob Coakley

PHOENIX, AZ—The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA)has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New PlayAward, recognizing the best scripts which premiered professionally outside NewYork City during 2009. The award and two citations will be presented March 27at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the Humana Festival of New AmericanPlays. The award includes a commemorative plaque and $25,000; the citationscarry prizes of $7,500 each. The plays nominated are: Equivocation, by Bill Cain; Inana, by Michele Lowe; Legacy of Light, by Karen Zacharias; Perfect Mendacity, by Jason Wells; Time Stands Still, by Donald Margulies; and Victoria Musica, also by Michele Lowe. 

Aviom Promotes Gary Lee to Director of Global Sales

by Jacob Coakley
Gary Lee, new director of global sales at Aviom.

 

Gary Lee, new director of global sales at Aviom.

Aviom, maker of personal mixers—making the life of monitor engineers everywhere easier—and audio transport protocal A-Net has promoted Gary Lee to director of global sales. Full press release after the jump.

Berkeley Rep Announces Winners of 10th Teen One-Acts Festival

by Jacob Coakley
The winning plays will be performed by Bay Area teens at the end of March in the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.


The winning plays will be performed by Bay Area teens at the end of March in the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

Congrats to Emma Dudley and Frances Maples! Their original plays have been selected as the winners in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 10th annual Teen One-Acts Festival. Dudley’s The Adoration and Maples’ The Inventors will receive productions at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre in downtown Berkeley March 30, 31 and April 6 and 7. The plays will be entirely directed, designed and performed by local high school students, who will be mentored in their efforts by Berkeley Rep Fellows.

Bill Theisen Will Return as A.D. of Skylight Opera Theatre

by Jacob Coakley

MILWAUKEE, WI—Bill Theisen will re-assume the artistic director position at the Skylight Opera Theatre starting Oct. 14 through June 30, 2011. The decision is part of a redistribution of responsibilities at the Skylight that will remain in place while the Skylight's incoming Board leadership and Managing Director assess the viability of all artistic positions moving forward. The Skylight board and staff leadership are in the early stages of a strategic planning process which will include an assessment of the Skylight's long-term artistic leadership.

Blueprint Specials: Soldier Musicals

by Michael S. Eddy

Did you know that Frank Loesser wrote musicals for the Army? Not seen since 1945 – and never staged for an American stateside audience, the newly rediscovered Blueprint Specials: Soldier Musicals were the talk of the NY theater community earlier this year. The Blueprint Specials are a missing piece of both theater and military history, that again demonstrate the importance of the theater arts as a way for soldiers to express themselves.

Broadway’s American Idiot Saves on Labor Costs Thanks to Philips Vari*Lite VLX Wash Fixtures

by Jacob Coakley
Because of their solid-state structure and self-contained design, the Philips Vari*Lite VLX Wash Fixtures require less maintenance.

Because of their solid-state structure and self-contained design, the Philips Vari*Lite VLX Wash Fixtures require less maintenance.
This is a first for me. LEDs have always touted their longer lamp life and energy savings, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything related to their maintenance. The head electrician on Broadway’s American Idiot, Eric Abbott, estimate he saves approximately 5-6 hours/week because the 20 Philips Vari*Lite VLX wash fixtures on American Idiot require less work. As if LEDs needed another way to save money. Full details below.

Burgess Clark of Boston Children’s Theatre Nominated for Elliot Norton Award

by Jacob Coakley
Ian Shain as ‘Aaron Fricke in Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of Reflections of a Rock Lobster. Photo by Saglio Photography, Inc.

 


Ian Shain as ‘Aaron Fricke in Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of Reflections of a Rock Lobster. Photo by Saglio Photography, Inc.

Burgess Clark, executive artistic director at Boston Children’s Theatre, has received a 2012 Elliot Norton Award nomination for his play Reflections of a Rock Lobster. Adapted by Clark from the book by Aaron Fricke, Reflections is based on the true story of a high school student who sued his school in 1980 to allow him to bring his boyfriend to the prom and deals with such topics as bullying and growing up gay. The Elliot Norton Awards will be held May 21.

Clay Paky Lights Gymnastic, Operatic, Notre Dame.

by Jacob Coakley
Lighting Designer Paolo Battaglia used only Clay Paky fixtures to light a hybrid performance of Notre-Dame de Paris

 


Lighting Designer Paolo Battaglia used only Clay Paky fixtures to light a hybrid performance of Notre-Dame de Paris

I know that productions like this are out of reach for most of us, but I like including them because the talent on display, the imagery, and the use of tech is inspiring to me. In this one, Lighting Designer Paolo Battaglia used only Clay Paky fixtures to light a hybrid performance—part opera, part gymnastic spectable—of Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo’s novel. All the photos I received are included, enjoy!

Colonial Players Goes Batty for Mac Auras from 4Wall DC

by Jacob Coakley

4Wall DC recently supplied the Colonial Players with extra lighting fixtures for their production of Bat Boy the Musical. Lighting designer Frank Florentine designed the show with rock musical lighting feel—but needed help making it work in the Players’ space, which only had 12 feet of clearance. They needed lighting that could move around the stage and hit their marks with some tough angles. At the 4Wall DC office Scott Church, Mark Soltesz, and Mark Conners demo’d a few units for Florentine, who liked the Mac Auras. Florentine and the theatre were so impressed with the units that rather than just rent them for the production they bought the units from 4Wall DC. Special effects designer Keith Norris also used a Viper NT fogger from 4Wall to create low-lying fog and smoke effects and the whole rig and SFX are controlled by a central computer running QLab linked to an ETC Element lighting console with City Theatrical ShowBaby5 wireless DMX controllers.