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How did "PERSON: (action) Speech" become the convention for scriptwriting or dialogue writing, when that's not even how scripts are written professionally? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 26, 2016 - 7 answers

Lifting people onstage, regularly, safely

Do you lift people regularly onstage? If so, what are your best tips for doing so safely? In the opera I'm currently rehearsing, I have a comedy fight scene which involves lifting another singer. So far it's going well-- the liftee is happy, I'm feeling no ill effects, the fight/movement director has given us the OK, and the lift works well in the context of the scene. However, we have four more weeks' rehearsal ahead of us, and I'd like to stay uninjured and safe during that time. Hit me with your tips. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Jul 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Venue Booking In NYC

its been so long since I had to book spaces for shows in NYC that I have no idea who to even contact for possibly hosting a one man show later this year -- What small venues in NYC should I be talking to about hosting a one man show at somewhat last moment (less than three month notice)? Seating capacity round 60 - think bar with generous back room rather than theatre.
posted by The Whelk on Aug 7, 2015 - 10 answers

How to construct a stage platform to reduce footstep noise / bass?

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]
posted by adamk on Jul 21, 2015 - 10 answers

How to give a great performance.

I have recently started performing again. How do I develop a kickass performance? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Apr 19, 2015 - 5 answers

To read aloud, that is what I need.

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]
posted by stormygrey on Apr 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Favorite Gel Color Combos

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.
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Who did the stand-in secretary comic skit?

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]
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 8, 2012 - 4 answers

What does it mean to be diagnosed with emphysema?

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]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 15, 2012 - 5 answers

What comedian did I see in a Comedy Central special?

Help me figure out what blondish, male comedian I saw on a special that aired on Comedy Central in the early 2000s. [more inside]
posted by lankford on May 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Building a modular/portable stage

Plans/suggestions for constuction a low portable (modular, sectioned) stage? [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Gonna make me sweat

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]
posted by Madamina on Feb 13, 2012 - 21 answers

Is there video of the Dance Hall at Louse Point stage production?

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?
posted by Houyhnhnm on Jan 21, 2012 - 0 answers

How to handle anxiety when under pressure?

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]
posted by cman on Jan 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Can i make a reality show into a musical?

Legality/advisability of turning a reality show season into a musical? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Headphones in a theatre?!

What was this person doing wearing old headphones and making hand signals in a theatre during a musical? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Oct 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Help my son get the part!

Recommend a 1-3 minute monologue for an 8-year-old aspiring actor. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Oct 6, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I get the rights to make a play into a film?

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?
posted by BoringPostcards on Aug 25, 2011 - 3 answers

What Do You Wish Sitcom Producers Knew?

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]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jul 15, 2011 - 27 answers

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage?

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Why do rock bands like Oriental rugs so much?

Why do rock bands like Oriental rugs so much? [more inside]
posted by werty on May 26, 2011 - 24 answers

Nifty theatrical ghost effect. Howdtheydoit?

How did they do this theatrical effect I saw? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on May 10, 2011 - 7 answers

What to do with in-between hair

Trying to grow hair long. In that awkward neither-nor stage. What do I do with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Mar 16, 2011 - 31 answers

Must-reads for stagestruck teen

Please recommend books for a 15-year-old who loves acting. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Jan 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Exit Stage Left

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.
posted by carping demon on Sep 9, 2010 - 10 answers

How does stage lighting color work?

How does color-changing work in modern stage lighting? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Aug 14, 2010 - 9 answers

I'm not a playwright; how do I write a play and get it performed?

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]
posted by cirripede on Feb 23, 2010 - 10 answers

How Do I Manage My Fear of Public Speaking?

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?
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Feb 18, 2010 - 29 answers

Arts and Cultural Appropriation

How have issues of cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and diversity been tackled in art and popular culture? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Aug 17, 2009 - 16 answers

Making A Vagina Monologue Awesome

I'll be performing in next year's Vagina Monologues. How can I be awesome? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me tar and feather someone on stage!

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]
posted by minervous on Sep 3, 2008 - 33 answers

National Steel

What is the best method of "mic"ing a single-cone National steel guitar for live work? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Aug 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Recommend Storyboarding Animation Software

Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
posted by bovious on Dec 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Proposal for a stage play?

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?
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Quality of life vs. quantity

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]
posted by sgass on Oct 2, 2007 - 6 answers

What's the protocol for starting a culinary stage?

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]
posted by GilloD on Aug 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Lighting 101

I'm trying to find an extremely bright light on a budget. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Aug 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Need info on Chauvet stage fixtures

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]
posted by milquetoast on Jun 21, 2007 - 0 answers

Ecstacy Herbal Cigs in NYC

Anyone know of a reliable local source for Ecstacy brand herbal cigarettes in the NYC or Poughkeepsie area? [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper on Jun 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Those who can't paint, manage.

Which U.S. colleges/universities have well-regarded programs in arts management? Are any of them in Wisconsin or Illinois? [more inside]
posted by princesspathos on Apr 25, 2007 - 7 answers

How to prevent plagarism?

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]
posted by dazed_one on Mar 22, 2007 - 16 answers

Stage Management 101

What does stage management entail? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 25, 2006 - 11 answers

The windup and the pitch

Tips for tightening up my live vocal performance? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Oct 17, 2005 - 9 answers


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]
posted by Popular Ethics on Sep 19, 2005 - 20 answers

Atlanta stage lighting sources?

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]
posted by intermod on Jul 10, 2005 - 2 answers

Auditioning for The Mikado

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]
posted by cbrody on Mar 25, 2004 - 5 answers

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