Dallas Theater Center Lighting Team Lets Innovation Roll

by Michael S. Eddy
A paint roller was a key player in the lighting design for Bella: An American Tall Tale
A paint roller was a key player in the lighting design for Bella: An American Tall Tale

The recent world premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale, which opened at the end of September, featured a lighting design by Japhy Weideman. (You can read our full coverage of the design here.)  The show is currently playing at Dallas Theater Center’s Wyly Theatre and is scheduled to move to New York’s Playwrights Horizon, opening in May, 2017. Weideman’s lighting team included Associate Lighting Designer Alex Jainchill and Assistant Lighting Designer Laura Choate. The team worked closely with the lighting crew at DTC and had nothing but praise for them. “Meike Schmidt at DTC is among the best programmers that I have ever been assigned by a regional theatre,” comments Jainchill. “Nicole Iannaccone killed it as the Master Electrician / Production Electrician; she's an amazing person and an amazing PE. They were great at finding smart solutions to any challenge. One of those was their solution for a scrim which was rubbing the first electric. The crew at DTC came up with a really great solution—paint rollers on C-Clamps to keep the scrim from brushing the shutters. It was a beautiful solution created by a bunch of really smart people.” Video of the solution after the jump.