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Happy Labor Day | 1960s Stagehands Load-in at National Theater in D.C. | Backstage Video

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • September 7, 2020

Here is some theater history for Labor Day: A short film from the AFL-CIO Americans at Work series looking at the job of IATSE stagehands, electricians, props, and flymen as they load-in the 1960 production of My Fair Lady, starring Diane Todd and Michael Evans, at the National Theatre Washington, D.C.

On a historical note: The National Theater in Washington D.C. replaced its hemp line and sandbag fly system three years ago with a new counterweight system from IWEISS. The National has used a hemp system since the theater opened with a production of A Man of the World on December 7, 1835, though the system has been updated since 1835.

We at Stage Directions magazine would like to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day!


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