Historically I have not been an incredibly handy person, but I currently find myself in the process of DIY building a few modular stage platforms from 2x4s and 3/4" plywood which will be clamped together to serve as a stage for a blackbox theatre space that I run (used for improv, sketch and stand-up comedy). Does anyone have any construction tips or recommendations to dampen the noise from footsteps? [more inside]
I have recently started performing again. How do I develop a kickass performance? [more inside]
I have an odd job interview coming up. I need advise on a children's book to read to a grown up audience and a two minute poem or "fun" monologue to recite. I think it'd be best if these related to the joy of learning or science. For the book, I might just read part of "Corduroy" because its beautiful and sweet, but what about the other requirement? [more inside]
I'm designing a show this week (Iolanthe) which is far from my first lighting design, but I've never really gotten to experiment much with different gel color combinations. Which are your favorite combos (front, fill, back, side, etc.) for different set-ups. I'm looking for both the classic standards and less common combinations you've come across and enjoyed. I'm going to have a bit of free reign with this, so I'm curious to see what new (to me) things I might want to try. Rosco colors preferred.
Who was it that did the comic send-up of the secretary of an organization as a stage performance in the 1930s-1950s? [more inside]
My father has been diagnosed with emphysema. Despite a bunch of online reading, I have no idea what this really means for him, or my mother, his lifestyle, prognosis or any of that stuff. Can you help? [more inside]
Help me figure out what blondish, male comedian I saw on a special that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s. [more inside]
Plans/suggestions for constuction a low portable (modular, sectioned) stage? [more inside]
I am doing a musical theatre revue in a formal gown. I am fat and there will be dancing. How can I minimize the look and feel of sweat and still stay fancy? [more inside]
Has video ever surfaced of PJ Harvey and John Parish's collaboration with the Mark Bruce Dance Company and their stage production of Dance Hall at Louse Point?
How can you handle performing under lots of pressure? Is it possible to practice this? How can I get rid of my losing attitude and think more positively? [more inside]
Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
Recommend a 1-3 minute monologue for an 8-year-old aspiring actor. [more inside]
I want to turn a short play into a short film. If completed, it'll be a low-budget affair seen at a few festivals and hopefully online; the play was first performed in 1990 and the playwright is still alive. How do I go about getting the rights to film his play, or see if I can even think about affording it?
In order to create an original show, I turn now to the Hive Mind. Please share with me your preferences and help me find the common threads and elements linking the best sitcoms to ever be broadcast! [more inside]
How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage? [more inside]
Why do rock bands like Oriental rugs so much? [more inside]
How did they do this theatrical effect I saw? [more inside]
Trying to grow hair long. In that awkward neither-nor stage. What do I do with this stuff? [more inside]
Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
Does anyone know if there is, or ever has been, a recognized significance in a character's exiting stage right or stage left? Like, do bad guys typically exit stage left, etc. I know almost nothing about theatre, and this seems like it would be an esoteric trope or something. TIA.
How does color-changing work in modern stage lighting? [more inside]
What's the best way for a writer who's not involved in his/her local theater scene to get a play performed on the stage? [more inside]
Tomorrow I have to deliver a 2-hour training presentation in front of 80 employees. I loathe speaking in front of large crowds and suffer from crippling stage fright. Chances are I will be awake all night fretting the occasion and replaying worst case scenarios in my head. Any tips on how to relax and keep my anxiety at a minimum?
How have issues of cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and diversity been tackled in art and popular culture? [more inside]
I'll be performing in next year's Vagina Monologues. How can I be awesome? [more inside]
I'm directing a play that calls for an actor to be tarred and feathered on stage. It's a powerful moment, and I'd love to do it. But ... how? [more inside]
What is the best method of "mic"ing a single-cone National steel guitar for live work? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
A friend of mine is in talks with a certain comic book writer to adapt a certain graphic novel for the stage. According to the writer's manager, they're interested in at least one run of the show, provided he can show them a satisfactory proposal. Great news! The only problem is, what should that proposal consist of and look like, for presentation to the writer and his manager?
My 82 y.o. mother has stage 4 cancer. It's not known if it originated from lung or breast, both of which she was previously treated for. She's currently alert, but very weak, and on continuous oxygen. The decision to be made involves an apparent growth that's pressing her esophagus closed. [more inside]
The first of many food career related questions I'll be asking: What's the protocol for a young, unproven would-be to find himself a stage? [more inside]
I'm trying to find an extremely bright light on a budget. [more inside]
LDs, stage techs, pro musicians: what has been your experience with Chauvet lighting? Despite the goofy packaging, they have a couple of pretty innovative fixtures that I'm considering for a permanent install. [more inside]
Anyone know of a reliable local source for Ecstacy brand herbal cigarettes in the NYC or Poughkeepsie area? [more inside]
Which U.S. colleges/universities have well-regarded programs in arts management? Are any of them in Wisconsin or Illinois? [more inside]
A friend of mine recently wrote a play, and now someone who read it has written and is producing a show very similar to it. What can be done to prevent this? [more inside]
What does stage management entail? [more inside]
Tips for tightening up my live vocal performance? [more inside]
NASA has released details today of their new "exploration architecture" which they hope will take them to the moon and mars. (really awesome movie). Help me understand a design decision. [more inside]
Any Atlanta stage folks here? I'm looking for stage lighting sources (rental companies, production units) that might be interested in a large lighting fixture that fell into my hands. In Atlanta. (for lighting pros: it's an Altman Orbiter followspot) [more inside]
I'm doing an audition for a part in an amateur production of The Mikado. I have no stage experience at all. Any tips? [more inside]