Truth in Numbers
Truth in Numbers

Truth in Numbers

Jay Duckworth

Diogenes was an ancient Greek philosopher who would wander around Athens with a lamp, day and night, looking for an honest man. I have empathy for his plight, and I know a lot of people are out there looking for something that is real, something that is true, and in this world that is a very hard thing to find. Truth means taking our own opinion out of the equation. It goes from being subjective to objective; subjective being the individual’s feelings of observation versus objective dealing with the attributes of the object alone and in the objective, we can leave the emotional side behind and deal with facts. The truest thing that we have is maths. That’s right I said maths, and the reason I say maths is not because I’m British or highly educated, both of which I am not; it’s because I’m a snooty pretentious twonk. Well that and if I put one coin down and say it’s two coins you can know for a fact I’m lying or that I’m nuts. You guessed it... I’m both.  

Don’t Fear the Budget
When given a budget for a show, a good majority of us look at the challenges put in front of us with the design and the actual money that we are expected to use. I at least go into an emotional place of ‘how am I going to do this? I am definitely going to fail!’ I don’t have any of these things in stock and I know I can’t borrow any of this stuff. I’m sometimes met with ‘well there is hardly any set so there shouldn’t be any props.’ So when you hear that statement, you know scenic is in the same boat with you having to make something out of nothing. As I have gotten older, I have moved away from the knee jerk reaction and jumped into breaking the budget down as small as possible. It takes a lot longer but I can see where I can turn back to my production manager and say here is what I can do. Because numbers do not lie. Numbers take out the emotion and can back you up in any discussion. 

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Inside the Vault with Bag&Baggage TD/LD Jim Ricks White

Michael Eddy

With over 30 years working in theater, Jim Ricks-White, had been teaching stagecraft at Portland Community College, Sylvania and the resident lighting designer for Hillsboro, OR-based Bag&Baggage Productions, when the company asked him to come on full time as technical director and facilities manager. The request followed the company opening its new space—The Vault—a repurposed former bank building. In theater, Ricks-White has worked as a stage manager, TD, LD, set designer, properties artisan, and pyrotechnician and toured for many years as a technician for Showco and Vari-Lite. He’s worked in venues as small as a 99-seat black box and as large as the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 London Olympics.

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