Behind the Scenes of Network

Michael Eddy

Here’s a behind the scenes video about some of the design decisions for Network, from its original run at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre. Network is now running on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. Here from Director, Ivo van Hove; Costume Designer, An D’Huys; scenic and lighting designer, Jan Versweyveld; and Associate Video Designer, Christopher Ash. Production management on Broadway was handled by Aurora Productions; and the Production Stage Manager was Timothy R. Semon.{youtube} v=PM8Lv-3Ms2E{/youtube}

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Shaking the Tree

Lisa Mulcahy

Reflections on Writing My Eighth Book
I remember my first days at Brandeis University, when I entered the school’s wonderful theater arts program as a freshman. It felt magical and special to walk into the vast Spingold Theater and imagine myself performing on its stage (which I started doing soon after, loving every minute of it). As my years at Brandeis happily progressed, I learned EVERYTHING—every aspect of top-notch theater study and practice was available right in front of me. I studied acting with the late, great Ted Kazanoff and playwrighting with the incredible Edward Albee, sang and performed many classic musical theater roles, worked as a production sound designer, studied theater history (which I found fascinating), and completed my honors thesis in directing. I learned the practical skills that made me tough enough to survive as an actress in Boston theater right after graduation, and honed the chutzpah I needed to direct, produce, and teach professionally in Boston and New York, too. 

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Jefferson Mays stars in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Photo by Chris Whitaker.
Jefferson Mays stars in the Geffen Playhouse world premiere adaption of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. Photo by Chris Whitaker

Backstage Video: The Technical Ballet Behind the Curtain: A Christmas Carol

Stage Directions

Here’s a video of Production Stage Manager, and SD Contributing Writer and Illuminations Blogger, Ross Jackson sharing the technical ballet the Geffen Playhouse stage crew performs each night backstage (and in the dark!) during Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Geffen Playhouse. {youtube} v=YmoQ07xc2Vo{/youtube}

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Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo Photo:Jason Bell
Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo Photo:Jason Bell

Costume Designer Evie Gurney on the National Theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra

Stage Directions

 Go behind the scenes with Costume Designer Evie Gurney to see how the costumes for London's National Theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra were created.  The production stars Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo playing Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. It is directed by Simon Godwin.
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A Look at Working in the Theatre: Chamber Opera

Stage Directions
Today the American Theatre Wing posted a video about Chamber Opera which shows some captivating production work as it looks at this unique genre of theater making. As the American Theatre Wing notes, "We may never be able to fully distinguish the difference or even grasp the true union between opera and musical theatre, but in this episode of Working in the Theatre, we learn how the two genres really do play well together to expose an audience to storytelling that engages emotionally through sound patterns and music. And excitingly so, Chamber Opera (to some just called opera) as shown through the lens of a theatrical experience has the ability to be created and shown in so many different and wonderful ways." 
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