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

Stage Directions

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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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

Stage Directions

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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Dallas Theater Center is Holding a Props Sidewalk Sale
Dallas Theater Center is Holding a Props Sidewalk Sale

Dallas Theater Center is Holding a Props Sidewalk Sale

Stage Directions

Have you ever found yourself at a Dallas Theater Center show distracted from the brilliant play by the even more brilliant props? Well now's your chance to get your hands on some of those sweet pieces at the Dallas Theater Center’s Props Sale! Here you will find hundreds of hand props, furniture pieces, and theater odds and ends.

The Props Sale will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 8am-5pm at 3920 Black Gold Drive, Dallas, TX 75247.

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