Julia Morrison in street clothes. “Tragedy: Closed with a Speech by the Actress” Cincinnati Enquirer, January 11, 1900
Julia Morrison in street clothes. “Tragedy: Closed with a Speech by the Actress” Cincinnati Enquirer, January 11, 1900

Murder Onstage: Early 20th Century Actress Kills Stage Manager in Front of Audience

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

During a performance at the Chattanooga Opera House on Friday, September 22nd, 1899, Julia Morrison, the leading actress of the traveling show, Mr. Plaster of Paris, exited the stage in the middle of her Act II scene with Frank Leiden, leading man and stage manager.[1]  She seized the loaded revolver she kept between her breasts, reentered the scene, and shot Leiden three times, killing him. Fifteen hundred audience members looked on in shock until a call for a surgeon roused them. 

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Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Mark Jonathan and Mick Hughes (L to R) Hughes won the inaugural TMA Award for Lighting Design in 2008 for The Children's Hour at The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester

In Memoriam: Mick Hughes, Lighting Designer

Michael Eddy

The Association of Lighting Designers in the UK reported that lighting designer and ALD Fellow Mick Hughes passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 79. Much admired for his simple, clean, and effective approach to lighting design Hughes had a long list of credits across nearly 50 years of work in UK Theatre collaborating with many high-profile directors, designers, and venues including Harold Pinter, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Royal Court Theatre.

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The lighting for The Little Mermaid was designed by Luc Peumans. Photos: Frank Lambrechts - Picturesk
The lighting for The Little Mermaid was designed by Luc Peumans. Photos: Frank Lambrechts - Picturesk

Lighting Designer Luc Peumans Spotlights The Little Mermaid

Michael Eddy

Lighting for The Little Mermaid – the first time the show has been staged in Belgium – was designed by Luc Peumans of Genk-based international design practice, Painting with Light, and lighting equipment was delivered by leading Benelux rental company, Phlippo Showlights together with audio and rigging. As a part of his design, Peumans worked with the Robe RoboSpot system, which was teched by Ilse Witlox, also the lead operator, who is an expert in the somewhat ‘black art’ of followspotting. Precise followspotting was absolutely crucial to a complex and visually rich production like this. 

 

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Hana S. Kim receives the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Hana S. Kim receives the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award during the 28th Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Hana S. Kim Selected as 2018 Sherwood Award Recipient

Michael Eddy

Center Theatre Group recognizes and celebrates the recipient of the 2018 Richard E. Sherwood Award, Hana S. Kim, for her exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape and her work as a ground-breaking and adventurous artist. Kim's video reel below shows her stunning work.

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The edgy production of Amos with a lighting design by Brandon Baruch
The edgy production of Amos with a lighting design by Brandon Baruch

Lighting Designer Brandon Baruch Pushes Amos To The Edge

Michael Eddy

It seems altogether fitting that the much talked-about play Amos was performed in a former speakeasy. The jittery, unsettling drama delves deeply into a nefarious vortex of murder and deception set against the brooding backdrop of an underground EDM world in the Ukraine. Audiences are not sure who or what to believe as this troubling story unfolds, leaving them with a tingling sense of uncertainty and danger. Contributing to this uneasy mood is an eerily unsettling lighting design by Brandon Baruch.

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USITT 2018 Offers Health and Safety Sessions along with Free Hearing Tests

Kathy Eddy

USITT knows that safety in the entertainment industry is rule No. 1. Luckily, USITT has many educational sessions on how to implement safe practices on the job at this year's USITT Conference and Expo, March 14-17 in Fort Laurderdale. Including the Event Safety Alliance Sessions, Free Hearing Tests and several Safety & Health Sessions. Be sure to register today!

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Glowing Coals: No Fire, No Heat Required

Kathy Eddy

Looking for a quick and easy way to make red hot coals without the use of flame or heat. Eric Hart has posted this companion video to his forthcoming book, The Prop Effects Guidebook. Hart notes that he learned this tip first from Jay Duckworth, who probably learned it from his mentor, etc. back through time when Propcrates invented Props. Both Hart and Duckworth will be part of the first ever Prop Lab at USITT 2018 in March.

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