1960s Stagehands Load-in at National Theater in D.C.

by Stage Directions

Here is a bit of theater history: A short film from the AFL-CIO "Americans at Work" series looking at the job of stagehands/electricians/props and flys as they load-in the 1960 production of My Fair Lady, starring Diane Todd and Michael Evans, at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. We thought this might be a fun look back since the National Theater recently announced it will be replacing its hemp line and sandbag fly system with a new counterweight system this summer. 

Come From Away

by Stage Directions

A musical with book, music, and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away was workshopped and first produced at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario in 2012 and 2013. It also had a staged reading at Goodspeed Musicals’ 2013 Festival of New Artists in CT. In 2015 it was co-produced as a full production by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, playing at both venues. The production moved on to the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre in 2016 before opening on Broadway in 2017. 

Read a little bit of the history of Washington D.C.'s Ford's Theatre building in our current issue.

Dear Evan Hansen

by Stage Directions

Written by Pasek & Paul, with the book by Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen had its world premiere in July 2015 at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC before an Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre in the spring of 2016 prior to moving to Broadway.


by Stage Directions

Co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and written by Paula Vogel, Indecent was commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It had world premiere productions at Yale Repertory Theatre in October 2015 and at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2015. It also had an Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre in May 2016. 



by Stage Directions

Written by August Wilson in 1979, Jitney only had its Broadway premiere in 2017. Up until then it was the only one of the 10 ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ plays not to have a Broadway run. It was first produced at the Allegheny Repertory Theatre, in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982. However, the 1996 Pittsburgh Public Theater production, with re-writes by Wilson, has been considered its professional premiere. Over the last 20 years there have been numerous productions by regional theatres as well as two Off-Broadway runs at both Second Stage Theatre and Union Square Theatre.

Be sure to also read about David Gallo's set design for Jitney in the SD article It's All in the Details

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

by Stage Directions

A musical adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, with music and libretto by Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 was commissioned, developed  and had its world premiere production in 2012 by Ars Nova, a small not-for-profit Off-Broadway company in NYC. Ars Nova mounted two more stagings of the show in 2013. It was then was presented at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA in 2015.


by Stage Directions

Written by J. T. Rogers, Oslo premiered Off-Broadway in June 2016 at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, a not-for-profit theatre. It later transferred within Lincoln Center to the Vivian Beaumont, a Broadway house in April 2017.


Patience is Proven - An Illuminations Blog

by Ross Jackson
Courtland Trapp is a black Stage/Film Technician
Courtland Trapp is a black Stage/Film Technician

An Interview with Courtland Trapp, Technician

Courtland Trapp is an African American Freelance Technician who has worn multiple hats since the age of 17. His first introduction to theater came as an actor in a stage play. During that process he took notice of the techs behind the scenes and their problem solving skills. Realizing he was up for the challenge he changed his position the following show. Since then, he has been a Stage Manager, Set Designer, Master Flyman/Rigger, and also a Teacher teaching kids set design at multiple performing arts centers in and out of the Los Angeles area. In Los Angeles he has recently focused on conquering the television and film world. He has worked on stage at Ebony Repertory Theater for multiple shows and events and has been a technician backstage for multiple television shows such as Insecure and Key & Peele.


by Stage Directions

Written by Lynn Nottage, who won her 2nd Pulitzer Prize for Sweat, the show started first as a series of interviews in 2011 of residents of Reading, PA. Co-commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. It was first produced by OSF in 2015, then at Arena Stage in 2016. In Nov. 2016 it was produced Off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway.


Be sure to read about John Lee Beatty's set design for Sweat in the SD article, Closing Time 
and also learn how director Kate Whoriskey artfully depicts Sweat's human story in SD's article Art Meets Humanity.