John Kilgore, Abe Jacob, Lindsay Jones, and Jonathan Deans
John Kilgore, Abe Jacob, Lindsay Jones, and Jonathan Deans

The Collaborator Party Celebrates for a Third Sold-Out Year

Michael Eddy

The Collaborator Party, headed by theatrical sound designers Lindsay Jones and John Gromada, announced that their event was a complete sell-out for the third year in a row. The Collaborator Party is the official Tony night party for the theatre sound community and all of their collaborators. The main party was held June 11 at Houston Hall in NYC from 7pm-11pm, with an additional party held simultaneously in Los Angeles.

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The Infamous Steak from Proptologist Jay Duckworth

Michael Eddy

Props Artisan, (and SD contributor) Jay Duckworth is highly regarded for his mastery of all things props. He has even created an easy to eat steak for onstage meals that made a lasting impression on actor John Lithgow. In fact he asked the art department of his latest film Beatriz at Dinner to contact Duckworth in order to duplicate the easily eatable fake steak for him in the movie. Duckworth's recipe: watermelon and food coloring. It allows actors to chomp on a steak throughout a scene while still able to say their lines! 
Checkout Lithgow explaining the stage secret, crediting Duckworth for his ingenuity, on ABC's The Chew. Then scroll done to see the steak recipe.

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Set Designer Mimi Lien Starts The Great Comet Design at the Front Door

Kathy Eddy

While set designer Mimi Lien has won the 2017 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design in a Musical and is up for a Tony Award as well for her set design on The Great Comet, her design didn't stop with the stage or even the audience house. She has also transformed the lobby of the Imperial Theatre, transporting audience members from the  the moment they step inside from the street.

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Students from Hood River Valley High School helped teacher Rachel Harry of Hood River, Oregon, celebrate her win as this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner.
Students from Hood River Valley High School helped teacher Rachel Harry of Hood River, Oregon, celebrate her win as this year's Excellence in Theatre Education Award winner.

Rachel Harry Named 2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Award Winner

Michael Eddy

The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University have announced that Rachel Harry of Hood River, Oregon, has been named the third recipient of the Excellence in Theatre Education Award. Carnegie Mellon, the exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards, will present the award to Harry, a drama teacher at Hood River Valley High School, at the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 

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The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards
The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards

The 2017 Drama Desk Award Winners Announced

Michael Eddy

The 62nd annual Drama Desk Awards took place June 4 at NYC’s The Town Hall. The awards honored productions, designers, and performers of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. Come From Away took home Outstanding Musical and Oslo took the award for Outstanding Play. Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 won in all four categories it was nominated.

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