The Fake Food Cookbook

Jay Duckworth

One of the gifts I received this summer and have used [Really, I did, see this month’s Answer Box] was a book that Tammy Honesty brought out to NYC on her last visit. The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV created by Karestin Harrison and Tamara L. Honesty from Focal Press is a great new resource. I spoke with the authors to learn how the book came into existence.

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Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system
Berkeley Rep will be using the GalaPro captioning system

Berkeley Rep Receives Funding from AT&T to Assist in Launch of GalaPro Captioning System

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that it will be utilizing the Gala Prompter (GalaPro) system and app to provide closed captioning for all performances of its upcoming subscription season shows starting with the world premiere of Paradise Square: A New Musical. Here’s a video explaining the GalaPro system: {youtube}v=NMYQK25ajrU{/youtube}

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The Grand Hall Rises as Battersea Arts Centre Reopens

Howard Sherman

That the Battersea Arts Centre in London is calling its current programming roster its Phoenix Season should come as no surprise to anyone aware of the venue’s recent history. In early 2015, an overnight fire rendered the Grand Hall, the largest space in the century-old facility, a charred wreck, with little but the exterior walls remaining. Fortunately, the construction of the building was such that the while the Grand Hall was a shambles, the other parts of the building, equally historic, escaped any significant damage. Unlike most organizations facing such devastation, BAC was already discussing reconstruction with architects the day after the disaster. How did they manage to set to planning so quickly?

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Video Timelapse: Creating the World of Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater

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Here's a timelapse video of the crew installing Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater in New York City. After its initial run in the Public Studio, Hansol Jung’s fascinating and unforgettable new play Wild Goose Dreams returned to The Public in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season. {youtube}v=WX67gkXlO4Y{/youtube}

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The New York City Macbeth Riot

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Here's a video from The History Guy on the Astor Place Riot of 1849, also known as the Shakespeare Riots. Amid the tensions of a growing America, a rivalry between two great actors turns violent in New York City. The rivalry between two Shakespearean actors of the day, British actor William Charles Macready and American Edwin Forrest, turned violent during a production of Macbeth at New York’s Astor Place Opera House, leaving at least 22 dead and more than 100 injured. {youtube}v=EWx2oQo-2I0{/youtube}

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Playing with Scale: How Stage Designers Use Set Models Exhibit at the National Theatre

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Playing with Scale: How Stage Designers Use Set Models is a new free exhibition at the National Theatre that explores how designers use set models for theatre-making. Playing with Scale unfolds the idea of a scale model and explains the importance of models as a design tool. This free exhibition is in the Wolfson Gallery and it’s open now and runs through March 23, 2019. Here’s a video of scenic designer, Bunny Christie using a set model for her design of The Comedy of Errors: {youtube}v=Tv_geitX9_4{/youtube}

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