Wordplay

by Stephen Peithman

Dialogue, not shtick, produces laughs in these plays

Physical comedy has its place, but this month’s round-up of new plays focuses on works whose wit derives primarily from clever, well written dialogue.

Words to the Wise

by Stephen Peithman

New books for directors, actors, teachers & writers

Theatre is all about words—whether we’re talking about the playwright’s script, the director’s work with the players, or what comes out of the actors’ mouths in performance. This month’s round-up of new books and DVDs emphasizes the communication process in all these areas.

Working Man's Clothes Productions Wins GLAAD Media Award

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Working Man’s Clothes world-premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson’s She Like Girls, directed by Jared Culverhouse was named Outstanding New York Theatre, Off-Off Broadway by the GLAAD media awards. The 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards-New York honors entertainment and news media for their representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Working Outside-In

by Jacob Coakley
The most involved costume I ever wore was as a noble in the court of Louis XIV. My work-study job through the department of theatre and dance was to help a professor with her research of courtly dance in the Baroque period. Practically, this meant dancing. After about six months of learning and rehearsing the steps, practicing how to hold my body and arch my arm perfectly, and drilling the rise, pause, step and fall of the forms, I was told that we would be dancing for a conference of scholars on the Baroque period, and that meant a costume.


World Series Wireless

by Aron Altmark

Taking a close look at RC4 Wireless's new RC4Magic Series 3 line of wireless dimming and control products

When I first looked at the various items in the package from RC4 Wireless, I was unsure how groundbreaking this system would be beyond providing miniscule applications of wireless data and dimming. However, within minutes of watching the start-up tutorial videos, I realized that this product would be much more than that. The modern RC4 system is a highly-configurable, multi-functional, powerful set of tools that electricians, scenic/lighting/props designers and multimedia artists should definitely take note of. 

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.

WorldStage Absorbs Theatrical Concepts

by Jacob Coakley

Steve Gilbard, owner of Theatrical Concepts, now Senior Technologist consultant to WorldStage
NEW YORK—WorldStage, Inc., the holding company for Scharff Weisberg, Inc. (SWI) and Video Applications, Inc. (VAI), has reached an agreement with Steve Gilbard, owner and CEO of Theatrical Concepts, Inc. (TCI) to integrate their substantial equipment assets and appoint Gilbard as Senior Technologist.

WorldStage Builds iPhone App to Create Video Effect on Bare

by Jacob Coakley
WorldStage also partnered with Projection Designer William Cusick on Salomes Envisage, shown here.

 


WorldStage also partnered with Projection Designer William Cusick on Salomes Envisage, shown here.

This is a cool story about how designers push the limits, and the companies that help them. Projection designer William Cusick needed a special camera effect for the current Off-Broadway production of Bare. Cusick was asked to create an effect where a live-feed from a camera-phone would get projected on set, and a still picture would be taken from the feed, then used later in the show. For this not-inconsiderable technical challenge, he turned to WorldStage. Michael Kohler at WorldStage wrote a custom live-streaming app that could accomplish the effect.

WorldStage East Moves Back to Manhattan

by Jacob Coakley
The new WorldStage East space was designed by Shelly Sabel

 


The new WorldStage East space was designed by Shelly Sabel

WorldStage East has moved its administrative offices back to Manhattan after a decade in Long Island City. The new office will be at 259 West 30th Street, an address that was chosen thanks to its proximity to clients, event spaces, public transportation and convenience to WorldStage’s New Jersey warehouse. Shelly Sabel, WorldStage’s new director of design, was responsible for the “playful” look of the new space.

WorldStage Provide Video and AV Support for American Idiot Tour

by Jacob Coakley
American Idiot: The Musical keeps its amazing video design in its road production thanks to the work of WorldStage

 


American Idiot: The Musical keeps its amazing video design in its road production thanks to the work of WorldStage

WorldStage, the new brand from Scharf Weisberg and Video Applications, is providing AV support to the national tour of American Idiot: The Musical, the Green Day rock opera. The musical features a lot of video—especially on the three dozen flatscreen monitors worked into the set as well as the large projections on the set walls. WorldStage delivered a system that could handle all the video requirements and the rigors of the road. One big demand was the 40 separate channels of video necessary to drive the monitors and projectors. WorldStage used United Visual Artists’ D3 4ru quad-output media servers each outfitted with a 4x multi-display adapter to ensure the show would have 37 discrete images on 37 monitors. At WorldStage Lars Pedersen was the account executive on the project, TJ Donoghue was project manager, Barry Grossman design engineer, Raoul Herrera media server technician and Dennis Alfonso projectionist. Robert Allen is the touring video manager for the show.