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Hamilton Prop Fact | Hurricane Desk

Jay Duckworth • Theatre Buzz • July 1, 2020

Here’s today’s Hamilton Prop Fact from Proptologist, Stage Directions Contributing Writer, and Professor Jay Duckworth. He created the props for the original production of Hamilton when it started out at The Public Theater and has created this series of Prop Facts about key props in Hamilton. Duckworth and Stage Directions will be sharing them all week in the run up to the July 3rd premiere of the Broadway version of Hamilton coming to Disney+. Here’s Number Five, the Hurricane Desk for Act 2, Scene 39 when the props needed to be battened down:

Sometimes, it’s all we can do to keep the props from “blowing away” during a performance! “Prop Magic is just knowledge and creativity playing together,” states Duckworth. This desk solution came about when we were asked, ‘I want the desk to fly and keep the the items from the scene on it.’ “Fun fact – the drawers were added later,” says Duckworth. “To keep the desk light for hurricane we only added the center drawer the other two drawers are fake but necessary to add a balanced look.”

Here are links to the previous Hamilton Prop Facts from this week:

Hamilton Prop Fact | Washington and Hamilton’s Quill Pens

Hamilton Prop Fact | Dueling Pistols

Hamilton Prop Fact | Washington’s Letter to Hamilton

Hamilton Prop Fact | A Tot of Rum

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