WorldStage Provides Video Support for Lucky Guy

by Jacob Coakley
The set of Lucky Guy

 


The set of Lucky Guy

WorldStage provided video support for Lucky Guy on Broadway, Nora Ephron’s play about tabloid journalism starring Tom Hanks, which is nominated for six Tony Awards, including scenic and lighting design. Video projection was key in establishing place and time for the show. Robin Silverstri, a creative director/partner at Batwin + Robin designed the show, creating a palette of “film noir-style fragments, shadows and elements rather than literal video clips.” The video system consisted of multiple projection screens, each of which was atypically sized and oriented, LED video panels, and a forced perspective ceiling panel above the set, which offered additional display surfaces. Video was served from a centralized Dataton WATCHOUT media server system. How they got it all to work is pretty fascinating—check out the full details below.

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.

WorxAudio On Board for Winthrop University’s Anything Goes

by Jacob Coakley

ROCK HILL, SC—Every two years, Winthrop University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts teams up with the School of Music to produce a musical theatre presentation. This year’s combined effort was the classically entertaining Anything Goes—based on the collaborative effort by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Anything Goes was staged to rave reviews at the University’s Johnson Theatre, inside Johnson Hall. The musical, which ran the last two weekends of February and concluded Sunday, March 1st, employed a specially assembled sound reinforcement system centered around the new TrueLine X2-P line array from Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.

WorxAudio Releases XL1 Line Array Loudspeaker

by Jacob Coakley
The WorxAudio XL1 Line Array Loudspeaker

The new XL1 line array loudspeaker from WorxAudio (a division of PreSonus) is the latest addition to their TrueLine family of line array loudspeaker systems. Designed as an ultra-compact high performance system for the reproduction of speech and music program material, the new XL1 is available in both touring and install versions—both powered and passive. The new WorxAudio XL1 is a two-way, high efficiency, line array loudspeaker that incorporates a large format 1.4-inch exit compression driver coupled to a stabilized proprietary FlatWave Former that delivers clear, penetrating high frequencies over a predictable and controlled coverage area. Dual 8-inch cone transducers coupled to the (A.I.M.) Acoustic Integrating Module minimize cone filtering throughout the entire operating range.

WorxAudio Technologies Tl215s-P Subwoofer

by Jacob Coakley
GREENSBORO, NC—WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets is now shipping its TrueLine Series TL215S-P bass loudspeaker system. The systems features a compact form factor that is designed for both touring sound and fixed installations.

Would I Lie to You?

by Jacob Coakley
Jacob Coakley


Jacob Coakley
“The secret of acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” —George Burns

I’m in the preliminary phases of a new writing project—the point where if I read something interesting online I clip it into a notebook for inspiration, where most of my writing is being done off prompts that help me flesh out the characters. And it was those exercises that reminded me of the George Burns quote at the top of this article.

Wrangling the Rigging

by Erich Friend
The new rigging helped move set decoration for In The Next Room – or The Vibrator Play in the Paul Green Theatre.

The new rigging helped move set decoration for In The Next Room – or The Vibrator Play in the Paul Green Theatre.
PlayMakers Rep at UNC Chapel Hill upgraded their rigging to keep their curriculum up to date

The Paul Green Theatre is a compact, 500-seat thrust theatre at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Intended to be a teaching theatre, it’s home to the PlayMakers Repertory Company, and a special staff runs the shop and stage operations with a complement of students from the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. One of the school’s goals is to prepare their students for working on complex shows like those presented by Cirque du Soleil—and more and more it became clear that the theatre wasn’t up to the task. Built in 1976, the theatre’s low ceiling has always challenged show designers to create a sense of space and movement beyond the confines of the stage.

Wright Theatre Expands Technology with J.R. Clancy

by Stage Directions

ALBERTA, CALGARY — The Wright Theatre at Mount Royal College Conservancy is the first theatre in Western Canada to install the PowerLift motorized winches from J.R. Clancy. Albert O’Neil, manager of conservatory support at Mount Royal oversaw the rigging renovation that included the installation of eight variable speed PowerLifts and a SceneControl 500 console at the school.
 

Writers Theatre Publicly Launches Campaign to Build New Home

by Stage Directions
Writers Theatre’s new home will include two theatres, including a 250-seat space, shown in this rendering.

 


Writers Theatre’s new home will include two theatres, including a 250-seat space, shown in this rendering.

Writers Theatre in Glecoe, Ill., (near Chicago) has publicly launched their On to a New Stage Campaign, which aims to raise $31 million to build a new home for the company, a theatre center that have two performance spaces, patron and artist amenities, and rehearsal and production space. Studio Gang Architects have designed the space. Writers Theatre has already raised $22 million towards the goal.

Writers Theatre to Break Ground on New Theatre Center

by Jacob Coakley

Groundbreaking on the Writers Theatre Theatre Center near Chicago will take place this October, with a scheduled opening in early 2016. The Writers Theatre has raised $25 million of their $31 million goal for the center, and have hired contractor W.E. O’Neil to head the project. Studio Gang Architects are the architects on the project, with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander working as theatre consultant.