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  • Walk the Plank

    Clare Floyd DeVries | Answer Box | February 6, 2007  How Shakespeare Dallas rectified its “bridge” problems   When Shakespeare Dallas expanded their season into the fall, they expanded territory, too. Their 2005 production of Twelfth Night started at their home amphitheatre in Samuel Grand Park, Dallas, then transferred to a fountain-filled park in Addison, Texas. Read More...
  • A Tree Disappears in Ohio

    Dave Williams | Answer Box | December 28, 2006 A college production faces a unique arboreal predicament. Bryony Lavery’s 1983 play Witchcraze presents an unusual challenge to the set designer. Following the entrance of St. George in Act I, an entire landscape, including a small tree specified in the script, is supposed to burst into flowers. The tree is required to transform in full view, and the script specifies that it has to disappear completely for the second act. For the American premiere of this play at the Newark branch of the Ohio State University in March, 2005, solving this problem presented a considerable challenge to the design team. Read More...
  • Creating a Diversion

    Erik Viker | Answer Box | December 12, 2006Having many rigging linesets to choose from can sometimes become a curse when the battens are too close together to accommodate that extra-wide piece of scenery. If your counterweight rigging system pick-up lines pass through an accessible steel grid, you can use roller diverters to slightly change the vertical positions of each line and move an entire batten upstage or downstage several inches. The devices pictured here are suitable for a channel-steel grid and are modified from a design used at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas.The rollers are two-inch diameter conveyer rollers made of 12-gauge steel with steel ball bearings. Most industrial supply companies, such as McMaster-Carr, can provide rollers of this type, and a 300-pound capacity roller with a retractable 7/16” hex axle is used in this model. The retractable axle allows you to easily install the roller to the assembled frame. Read More...
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