11 New Titles from Sam French

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK— Samuel French has just published 11 new plays, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a San Diego Critics Circle Award-winner, a multiple Los Angeles Theatre Awards-winner and more. Additionally, a reminder that the deadline for the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival is March 6. Applications are available for download off the official OOB website at http://www.samuelfrench.com/oobfestival/index.html .

110 in the Shade Glows on Broadway with ETC

by Jacob Coakley
NEW YORK — Tony-nominated lighting designer Chris Akerlind, created the complex effects for the revival of the Broadway musical 110 in the Shade (Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company), employing ETC’s new Eos control console.

NEW YORK — Tony-nominated lighting designer Chris Akerlind, created the complex effects for the revival of the Broadway musical 110 in the Shade (Studio 54, Roundabout Theatre Company), employing ETC’s new Eos control console.

120-Year-Old Venue Adopts Soundcraft Vi4 for Sound Quality

by Stage Directions

A View from the new Console
OVIEDO, Spain – Soundcraft’s Spanish distributor, Earpro, has underlined the continuing success of the manufacturer’s Vi series digital desks, with the recent installation of a Vi4 at El Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo. Roberto Alonso, technical manager of the 120-year-old venue, believes it is easy to pinpoint the success of Soundcraft digital audio mixers: “The Vi4 is very user-friendly,” he states. “After 20 years using an analogue mixer, the transition has been an easy one to make. In very little time sound engineers can gain the same confidence they had when using any traditional mixer.”

1214 Foundation To Produce Seussical: The Musical

by Jacob Coakley
The 1214 Foundation will cast 60-80 Newtown, Conn., students to perform alongside Broadway actors in Seussical: The Musical

 


The 1214 Foundation will cast 60-80 Newtown, Conn., students to perform alongside Broadway actors in Seussical: The Musical

The 1214 Foundation aims to build a performing arts center in Newtown as “a living remembrance of the events of December 14, 2012.” To help achieve that dream the Foundation has recruited several august theatre names to its board, including  lighting designer and creator of Theatre Projects Consultants Richard Pilbrow, noted New York entertainment lawyer Richard Ticktin and Michael Price, chief executive director and founder of Goodspeed Musicals. Its next steps towards making the dream of a memorial PAC come true will be a performance of Seussical: The Musical at Newtown High School this August. The show will be directed by Michael Unger (A Christmas Carol – McCarter Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – world premiere), Jeffrey Saver (End of the Rainbow, Chicago, Sister Act) will musical direct and Tony Award-winning producer, Van Dean (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Porgy and Bess, Matilda) will executive produce and Jennifer Paulson Lee (City of Angels – Goodspeed, Annie Get Your Gun – Lincoln Center, Enter Laughing – York Theatre/Mark Taper Forum) will choreograph. In addition to this all-star team and Broadway actors the show will cast 60-80 Newtown students between the ages of 5-18 to be a part of the ensemble, and offer 20 behind-the-scenes apprentice positions to junior and senior high school students as well.

125 Years of Making Partners Sucessful

by Richard Cadena
The road to corporate success is littered with the ghosts of companies who have spun out in the ditch or otherwise failed to navigate the twists and turns along the way. Life on the corporate streets can be rough. But every once in a great while a company comes along and defies the odds of survival. J.R. Clancy, the manufacturer of stage rigging systems based in Syracuse, NY, has not only survived for 125 years but has thrived in the theatrical rigging market.

125th AES Convention Student Events Program Offers Networking Opportunities

by Stage Directions
SAN FRANCISCO — AES Conventions represent the ultimate connectivity Mecca for plugged-in students eager to network with established engineers, producers, music industry pros and manufacturers.  “Education Committee Co-Chairs Dottie Kreps, Teri Grossheim and Mark Swiderski have devised an exemplary program to provide student attendees with a wealth of career-building details and networking opportunities,” reports AES Executive Director Roger Furness. “Scheduled for Oct. 2-5 in SF’s Moscone Center, 125th AES Convention Student Events are certain to provide instructive benefits for all attendees.”

16(0) Candles

by Jay Duckworth

Getting creative with tools to give Hamilton a glow

Working on a historical piece like Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton—set in the Revolutionary Period era—always brings challenges for the props team. On this show though, there was also one I just fell in love with. 

16th Street Theater Wins Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award

by Jacob Coakley
The 16th Street Theater will receive a cash prize and consulting from Broadway in Chicago staff.

 


The 16th Street Theater will receive a cash prize and consulting from Broadway in Chicago staff.

The 16th Street Theater has won the 2013 Broadway in Chicago Emerging Theater Award. The award comes with a $5,000 cash prize, consultation with Broadway in Chicago staff members and a marketing package that includes advertising. The award is meant to “encourage, support and promote emerging theaters in Chicago that have demonstrated great ability and promise, artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility.” The 16th Street Theater was chosen because it reflects the community it is based in while promoting compassion and discussion as well as posing “relevant questions of identity and living in today’s America.”

1812 Productions Names Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program Resident Artists

by Jacob Coakley
Bi Jean Ngo, Tara Tagliaferro, and Kaci Fannen will each receive a week-long residency and help from a supporting artist.

 


Bi Jean Ngo, Tara Tagliaferro, and Kaci Fannen will each receive a week-long residency and help from a supporting artist.

1812 Productions has named the 2012 Summer Residency recipients of the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program.  Bi Jean Ngo, Tara Tagliaferro, and Kaci Fannen will each receive a week-long residency at the 1812 Studio in Philadelphia to focus on a work in progress and receive feedback and support from the Jilline advisory board. Also as part of the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program, Thomas Choinacky will receive a small grant  for his solo piece Thomas Is Titanic through the “Couple Extra Bucks Fund.”