NY Comic Com 2019
NY Comic Com 2019

All Dressed Up With A Showplace To Go: New York Comic Con 2019

Text and Photos by Howard Sherman

New York’s Comic Con 2019, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center October 3 through 6, was its usual riot of panels, autograph sessions, and memorabilia sales. But for those with an eye towards patron creativity, the big show was easily found in the center’s common areas – or for that matter, on the streets outside and on the platforms of the nearest subway stations. That’s where costume play – cosplay for those in the know – was in full flower. Here's an array of photos that I shot at the New York Comic Con.
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Public Works production of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Public Works production of Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park (Photo: Joan Marcus)

From Jazzercise to Jitney: The Deep Community Engagement of Public Works, Part of The Public Theater

Howard Sherman

In the past seven years, The Public Theater has offered New York – and engaged New York in – some of the most joyous theatrical undertakings around: the Public Works productions at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, exuberant shows mixing professional and amateur artists together for inventive, large-scale new adaptations of classic works. But these productions, which have expanded from three performances initially to two long weekends this past summer, are actually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the efforts of Public Works, the culmination of ongoing connections with participating community groups throughout the city.

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The art of the quick change backstage
The art of the quick change backstage

Backstage Video: A Look at Costume Quick Changes

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What does it take to be a dresser in the theater? In this very informative video from the National Theatre, watch some of its talented dressers change the costumes from Amadeus in under 40 seconds. (They even put a clock on the changes.) C’mon, we all have to show the dressers backstage some love! They have a tough, and often unappreciated job!! The Amadeus costumes were designed by Chloe Lamford.

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Ted Ohl has joined Schuler Shook and will lead its New York City office
Ted Ohl has joined Schuler Shook and will lead its New York City office

Ted Ohl to Lead New York City Office for Schuler Shook

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Ted Ohl joins Schuler Shook as Principal and leader of its newly opened New York City office. Theatre planning and lighting design firm Schuler Shook announces its East Coast expansion, confident this new office will provide exceptional project support and client contact in the Northeast region.

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The immersive set for Moulin Rouge! The Musical fills the house. Can you spot the line arrays?
The immersive set for Moulin Rouge! The Musical fills the house. Can you spot the line arrays?

Sound Designer Peter Hylenski on his Design for Moulin Rouge! The Musical

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When Baz Luhrmann debuted Moulin Rouge! in 2001, his fantastical tale of “truth, beauty, freedom, and love” at the famed Parisian nightclub was heralded for reinventing the movie musical, with its exuberant cast of characters, frenetic visuals, and more-is-more production numbers that juxtaposed the Belle Époque drama onscreen with a tapestry of modern pop hits.

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2019 Del Hughes Award Honorees Mary K Klinger, Rich Costabile and Barbara Donner
2019 Del Hughes Award Honorees Mary K Klinger, Rich Costabile and Barbara Donner

The 2019 Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management

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The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) presented its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management to three stage managers from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring, Regional Theater, and Opera - Rich Costabile, Barbara Donner, and Mary K Klinger. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA recognized Janet Friedman with The Founders Award, a special recognition for her many years of service to the SMA and for embodying the values expressed by the Founders of the SMA. Here's a slide show of photos from the evening:
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