StageCraftFilter / EngineeringFilter. What is the best way to safely elevate a 4' x 8' rigid platform (theatrical) to about five feet from the stage? Currently, I have it situated atop four 4x4 posts, each five foot tall, each at a corner, bolts through the frame of the platform and the post. The posts are connected by 4' long 2x4s in front and back (about halfway down), and 8' long 2x4s on either side (halfway down). This works, but only just. It is not stable. I'm not putting an actor on a wobbly platform. So what else should be done to stabilize this contraption? [more inside]
Eva and Hitler in an Argentinian safehouse... What is this play called? [more inside]
Which translation/adaptation/version of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters should my high school students perform? [more inside]
I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film.
I'm directing a play based on this (rather old) script for television by Tom Stoppard. Help me find it on film. [more inside]
SetPaintingFilter. When I was in college theatre, our sets were never finished until our company technical director walked the set, paint brush in hand, adding texture to the platforms with what seemed to be a very ordered splatter pattern. He'd do this alone, the night before we opened. The textures didn't take away from the set, but added depth. So what was he doing? I've seen the phrase "splatter wash," but can see no details on the method, the mix for the paint, anything. [more inside]
Looking for plays with courtroom/trial scenes. [more inside]
What's the Improv scene in Singapore like? Help me get a more optimistic picture than the one Google provides. [more inside]
What can you tell me about working in theatrical costume in NYC? [more inside]
I'm thinking of getting tickets to see Speed-the-Plow at London's Old Vic theatre: I loves me some Mamet, and Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum are in the lead roles. Hot dog. How can I optimise my chances of seeing Spacey and Goldblum together rather than one of them plus an understudy? My concerns may be groundless... but do the stars tend to skip an occasional performance, and if so, do they usually skip mid-week shows, or matinees? Any insider knowledge would be much appreciated. (In general I have nothing against understudies, who are often amazing in their own right. I just really want to see these guys at it.)
Teen MusicalTheaterFilter: Audition song for teen girl- make it a good one! [more inside]
Media Player / DJ / Theatre Sound Cueing software which allows looping a segment of the file indefinitely and then continuing playback? Details inside... [more inside]
On behalf of a friend: looking for a single scene from a play that would work well as a standalone piece, for a drama class showcase. [more inside]
What's the easiest way to create a fake ZX Spectrum/Amstrad/C64 loading screen? [more inside]
I'm working on a job application to work at a theatre and events company in the UK. It asks me for three websites I admire and to give the reasons why. What sites should I put down? [more inside]
Looking for examples of diplomats who were/are also involved in the performing arts. [more inside]
What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
I'm going to be in New York with my dad on Christmas Eve. What should I expect, crowd- and activity-wise? [more inside]
I go to one of the few universities in the world that have no drama club, despite that it's a very large university. A few friends and I thought we'd put on a play and hopefully that would encourage others to get together and make a real drama club. We don't want to do a revue or anything like that. Of the four of us, only the female can sing and dance, so musicals are probably not a good idea. Two of the males have done a lot of amateur work and the female has done professional work. Even if we're not all professionals, we are all very dedicated, so we're up to a challenging play. So can anyone recommend a play for our small cast of three males and one female?
A number of years ago I witnessed a comedic reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a decidedly non-comedic play. Can anybody direct me to more information on this version of the play? [more inside]
Is there a website that lists all the movies playing in the Bay Area? Not just first and second run movies, but art houses (e.g. Pacific Film Archives)?
Looking for posters of Grand Guignol shows for an upcoming film set.... any ideas? [more inside]
Have there been any other plays/performances that became the center of an activist movement, similar to The Vagina Monologues and V-Day? Was TVM the first performance to bring activist theater to the mainstream?
Is there a real song with this lyric? "Where and how shall I earliest meet her? What are the words that she'll first say to me?" [more inside]
Where can I find a copy of the play by René Fauchois that Jean Renoir's film Boudou Saved From Drowning (Boudu sauvé des eaux) is based on? Does an English translation exist? [more inside]
Any recommendations for stores in Albuquerque, NM for the cast recordings and soundtracks for stage or film musicals on CD? The Borders and Barnes & Noble stores are pretty good, but I'm wondering if other stores in town have better selections. Thanks!
What plays did you love performing when you were in your high school drama club? [more inside]
Engaging, quality films with very small casts. Recommendations? [more inside]
I need some pointers on making a light box. Now, before you point toward some other posts about either an all-white surround for photography or a means of defeating winter-time depression, I should point out that I'm needing to make a light box for theatre ... [more inside]
Anyone know of a reliable local source for Ecstacy brand herbal cigarettes in the NYC or Poughkeepsie area? [more inside]
Is there an easy-to-use site that lists all movies, theatres and showtimes in NYC. Please, God, PLEASE don't say citysearch! [more inside]
So my man and I are going Buenos Aires for ten days starting in about 2 weeks. I'm a theatre artist here in Austin and I know that BA has an interesting theatre scene that I'd like to check out. Anyone know of specific shows or companies that I should look for? (More about my tastes inside.) [more inside]
Seattle Happenings: Looking for interesting shows, theatre, exhibits, or quirky events happening in Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
With what do I wax my moustache - not hair-removal style waxing, but old-school-grooming style waxing? [more inside]
I just listened to Radio Inferno and it completely blew my mind. What should I listen to next? [more inside]
Hey, creative sorts: I could use a little help with a theatrical directing portfolio for an MFA interview. [more inside]
What is the best home theatre system for us? [more inside]
need an entertainment job offer in NYC, or a good writing or film program. [more inside]
LastMinuteAuditionFilter: I have less than three hours to prepare for an audition I totally forgot about until this morning. [more inside]
Question regarding strategy for which TKTS location to try next Tuesday to get Broadway tickets... [more inside]
How do I get a job with a theatre company in New York City? [more inside]
Based on my job skills, what should I go back to school and study, in order to have one of those "career" thingys? [more inside]
Is there a term for this particular philosophical phenomenon? [more inside]
My mentor makes unhelpful negative comments when I ask questions, and gets snippy when I don't do as she suggests. What can I do? [more inside]
Can you think of a good monologue or short story that would translate well to being told/described using only body language, without words? [more inside]
I need to know what was the best stuff you ever got in a grab-bag. Naturally, there is [more inside]
Theatrical types: could you supply advice on transplanting a small musical from New York to London? Any perspective welcome, particularly suggested theatres and people who "run the scene." [more inside]
Say I was producing outdoor theatre. (I am.) And let's say that I wanted to mic my performances. (I do.) How best to do it, I wonder. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find a list of all (or even many) of the plays that are currently in the public domain? One-acts, full-length, whatever...so long as they're free to produce.