Part II A Crash Course in American Stage Management History

Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier

The term “Director” was introduced in the late 1800’s, although scholars continue to debate who was the ‘first’ American modern director, I attribute it to Augustus Daly. Augustus Daly (among others), changed the production process in theater. Daly expected more out of his actors, requiring attendance at all rehearsals, beginning the rehearsal process several weeks or months in advance and for several hours at a time. Prior to this, rehearsals for specific productions were sporadic, and totaled a few hours spanning over several weeks. He fined actors for lateness, absenteeism, and forgotten lines or blocking. Overall, he regimented the rehearsal process.

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A Look at The Honeymooners Nativity Drop

Kathy Eddy

Recently Scenic Art Studios' scenic artists Irina, Rosalind, and Andy worked on the Nativity Drop for the world premiere production of The Honeymooners at the Paper Mill Playohouse. The scenic design was done by Beowulf Boritt. This video shows the painting of this unique drop and how it looked when installed in the set.

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In Control: Sound Designer Gareth Owen Discusses his Latest Audio Projects

Wilson Burke

Award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen has been very busy of late with multiple, concurrent stage productions, including Bat Out of Hell, Wind in the Willows, and 42nd Street—all running in London’s West End, as well as A Bronx Tale and Come From Away on Broadway. Bat Out of Hell is currently playing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto prior to a return to the London stage in 2018. His current design for Bat Out of Hell perhaps harkens back to the start of his career mixing rock ‘n’ roll before he moved into mixing musical theater and then becoming a sound designer. 

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Lafayette Street and Astor Place Co-Named Joseph Papp Way

Michael Eddy

The Public Theater announced that in honor of Joseph Papp’s extraordinary contributions to the City of New York and the East Village, the intersection of Lafayette Street and Astor Place has been co-named Joseph Papp Way. The Public, celebrating the 50th anniversary of its landmark home at 425 Lafayette Street, hosted the naming ceremony celebrating the distinguished honor on Friday, December 1 at the Astor Place Plaza.

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David Park, Natalie Storrs, Maggie Hollinbeck, and Brian Russell Carey in RED ROSES, GREEN GOLD at the Minetta Lane Theatre - photo by Chad Batka
David Park, Natalie Storrs, Maggie Hollinbeck, and Brian Russell Carey in RED ROSES, GREEN GOLD at the Minetta Lane Theatre - photo by Chad Batka

LD Jamie Roderick Lights New Musical Red Roses, Green Gold Featuring the Music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

Michael Eddy

Red Roses, Green Gold, a new musical featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, opened last month at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Lighting Designer Jamie Roderick utilized gear from 4Wall Entertainment to help tell the tale of Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers as they gamble their way to love and riches. The story centers around the Jones family at the Palace Saloon in Cumberland, USA. The set for the musical is mostly made up of wood paneling and requires lighting and projections to usher the audience to an array of locations in Cumberland. Roderick’s goal for the lighting design was to create three strong layers of lighting that were able to work both independently and together.

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Broadway Takes A Bow At Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kathy Eddy

When the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parage passes 34th Street Broadway will be there with show-stopping (parade-pausing) performances. A staple of the iconic Thanksgiving Day tradition since the late 70's Broadway shows will once again perform numbers in front of Macy's 34th street entrance. This year will include performances by several Broadway shows including the 2017 Tony winner for Best Musical Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, Once On This Island, and SpongeBob SquarePants, Come From Away and Waitress. In 1995 Carol Channing and the Broadway Revival Cast of HELLO DOLLY! sing "Before the Parade Passes By" for the NBC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Scenic Designer Daniel Conway, part of the 2017 Inaugural class of the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts
Scenic Designer Daniel Conway, part of the 2017 Inaugural class of the Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts

Scenic Designer Daniel Conway Awarded an Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts

Michael Eddy

The inaugural Anderson-Hopkins Award for Excellence in the Theater Arts were awarded on Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. The recipients included Scenic Designer, Daniel Conway, along with Actors Naomi Jacobson, Nancy Robinette, and Holly Twyford, and Musical Director Jon Kalbfleisch. We send our congratulations to the 2017 Recipients.

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A Look at the Subtle, Intentional Anachronisms Scenic Designer Sandra Goldmark Put into The Book of Will Set Design at DCPA

Kathy Eddy

In this Part 2 video, The Book of Will Scenic Designer Sandra Goldmark talks about subtle, intentional anachronisms tucked throughout her playful set for the DCPA Theatre Company's The Book of Will. Why is there a red car on that shelf, when the story is set in 1623? "We are trying to create a very rich world that has a link from today all the way back to Shakespeare's time," said Goldmark. "None of it is real. It's all fake. It's all a story, and that's the fun. We are creating our own version of real, and our version of real has bobble-head dolls." The world-premiere play runs through February 26 in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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