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Friday, November 16, 2018

Pulped paper replaces plastic as the raw material for this 3D printer

newatlas.com: With a few notable exceptions, the majority of objects removed from a 3D printer bed are fashioned using plastic. But plastic has a nasty habit of ruining our environment at the end of its useful life. Designer Beer Holthuis looked for a more sustainable alternative, and built a 3D printer that extrudes paper pulp to build three-dimensional objects.

Broadway Stands with Actors' Equity in Fight to Raise Minimum Salary for Developmental Labs

www.broadwayworld.com: Over a decade ago, an agreement was made between the Broadway League and Actors' Equity Association, which cemented a weekly minimum wage for actors participating in developmental labs. Negotiations began yesterday between the two organizations for an update to those policies, and Actors' Equity is trying to get the word out.

The Lyceum Theatre in NYC Turns 115

Stage Directions: Opened on November 2, 1903, the Lyceum Theatre is one of the three oldest surviving Broadway venues (along with the Hudson and New Amsterdam Theatres). It is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theater in New York City, and the first Broadway theater ever to be granted landmark status (1974). It is one of the few theaters in New York which continues to operate under its original name.

For fans of 'Miss Saigon,' this tour is the end of the era

Chicago Tribune: "We will never,” said Cameron Mackintosh, sounding unusually wistful, "be all together doing this again."

Mackintosh — often known by the sobriquet "Mister Producer" and the most successful British theatrical entrepreneur of his generation — was talking from Providence, R.I., where he was together with Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, the French duo responsible for creating "Les Miserables," one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Creating Nutcracker Magic With Rosco LitePad

Rosco Spectrum: While complex stage elements and lighting can provide outstanding visual effects on stage, the little details are just as important in captivating the audiences’ imagination. A perfect example of this is how Houston Ballet used Rosco Custom LitePad HO90 to provide a simple, yet ingenious, lighting solution for their 2017 production of The Nutcracker.

Having Our Cake and Eating It Too

Breaking Character: There are few treats in this world better than a cake baked especially for you. Most cakes are too large to eat alone, so you experience the pleasure of people. A cake’s enjoyment often depends on its company. Additionally, cakes are both celebratory and potent time markers. Many of our life events revolve around this confectionery marvel. I remember with clarity particular cakes and the occasions they signified: the vegan robot cake for my son’s third birthday, my Uncle Bill’s retirement “Better than Robert Redford Cake” – named by his sister (who was a Sister, and found the Redford moniker more appropriate for her Catholic faith than its original “Better than Sex Cake”), and my 23rd birthday cake, delivered to me by a new boyfriend on a motorcycle. Baking a cake takes time. It’s an exercise that requires patience and love; under all the butter, sugar, and flour, all those empathetic qualities are palatable.

SF Opera Drops Star Singer In Wake of Sexual Assault Allegations

KQED Arts: The San Francisco Opera has dropped a famous singer accused of sexual assault from its roster for next year.

The American star countertenor David Daniels was scheduled to play the principle character of Medoro in the company's June 2019 production of Handel's Orlando at the War Memorial Opera House.

Glass boxes "not in any way new" says Es Devlin in response to Lorde and Kanye's set design spat

www.dezeen.com: Set designers Es Devlin and John McGuire have responded to singer Lorde's accusation that Kanye West stole the design of his latest live show, by stating that glass boxes are nothing new.

Lorde took to Instagram earlier this week to accuse Kanye West and Kid Cudi of stealing the idea of performing in a suspended glass box from her previous performances, which included a set designed by Devlin.

Sony Diversity Program Grooms Industry Directors of Tomorrow

Variety: Launched in 2014 by Sony Pictures Television, the DGA, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Diversity & Inclusion department, and former EVP of current programming for SPT Kim Rozenfeld, the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program is geared toward providing storytelling opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds.

Directing and Writing Programs Aim to Establish Diverse Roster of Industry Players

Variety: Hollywood is well aware that diversity and representation are essential parts of putting together a television writers’ room when it comes to both well-rounded storytelling and good, old-fashioned optics. Recent years have shown that one of the most popular ways to do this is start ’em early: most every network and studio has a workshop, lab or fellowship expressly aimed at honing the talents of budding TV writers.

How TV Producers Think Outside the Box to Find New, Inclusive Writers

Variety: The constant refrain in Hollywood is that we need diversity, particularly when it comes to writers. Unfortunately, this is almost always quickly followed by shrugs of frustration that no one knows where to find unique voices because there are only so many options in the WGA. And therein lies the problem: showrunners, agents and other influential figures often realize that they need to find fresh voices from outside Hollywood, but they aren’t sure where to find them.

How Hollywood Studios are Rising to Meet Interest in Inclusion Riders

Variety: In the book “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” a gifted young lawyer fights for the poor and the wrongly condemned. And in pure Hollywood fashion, the movie based on the book’s true story will be the first production to fall under WarnerMedia’s newly adopted inclusion rider.

7 Innovative Painting Techniques That Don’t Require a Paintbrush

mymodernmet.com: Throughout history, many pioneering artists have found innovative ways to produce paintings, often rejecting the traditional method of brush on canvas. One of the first was Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros who publicly shunned the paintbrush, calling it “an implement of hair and wood in an age of steel.” With a desire to further push the boundaries of painting techniques, the artist established a radical Experimental Workshop in New York City in 1936. Here, some of the most celebrated names in art history met to pour, scrape, and splatter pigments across the canvas.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

See This Projection Mapping Respond to Music in Real Time

www.bizbash.com: The Los Angeles Philharmonic kicked off its 100th anniversary season on September 30 in a big way. The orchestra started the day with a free festival designed to showcase the city’s creative spirit; it stretched the eight miles between the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and featured 1,800 musicians, artists, and dancers, plus art installations, food trucks, screen printing, and more.

Harassed Out of Hollywood: A Veteran Stuntwoman Reflects on Life in the Movies and on the Blacklist

themuse.jezebel.com: Throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Jean Coulter was a leading stuntwoman in Hollywood, racking up hundreds of credits on shows like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, M*A*S*H*, and Days of Our Lives. She is perhaps most recognizable from Jaws 2, in which she played the ski boat driver who attempts to set the villainous shark on fire. Coulter rarely acted; she preferred to stick to stunts where her likeness was obscured and tailored to be indistinguishable from the stars for which she doubled. She worked in the shadows and experienced routine sexual harassment on set. She was among the first women in Hollywood to speak out about it publicly—in the 1980s she filed a lawsuit against stunt coordinator Roy Harrison and Spelling-Goldberg Productions.

The Mental Side Of Mixing: The Benefits Of Exposing Our Minds To A Vast Library Of Sounds

ProSoundWeb: Just because someone knows where the buttons and knobs are, and what they do, doesn’t mean that person knows how to mix. The secret lies in our mind’s ability to recognize, learn and store a huge library of good, bad and unusual sounds. The collected and archived, personal sound library is the mental gateway to the audio mixing craft.

Tools of the Trade Reviews Four Winter Work Jackets

Remodeling | Work Wear and Gear: Here in the Pacific Northwest, the temperature doesn’t get too cold. This time of year we sit in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s. My preference is to layer fleece to stay warm because it is so lightweight and doesn’t restrict movement.
I asked Snicker’s to send me their FlexiWork Stetch Fleece Hoodie and their FlexiWork Stretch Waterproof Shell to test out. In addition Truewerk reached out and wanted me to try out their T3 Werkjacket. About the same time an Australian company, Eleven Workwear, reached out to send me their Hybrid Jacket. I had bought shorts and a hi vis shirt from them for the summer and loved both items, so I was intrigued to try out their winter workwear.

A Splash of Color: Your 2019 Colors of the Year

Remodeling: Since mid-June, paint companies have been announcing their predictions for what color will define 2019. The selection of hues couldn't be more different, ranging from earthy tones to mild blues. Regardless of their differences, companies have put months of research into selecting their Colors of the Year.

Michael B. Jordan Leads Way as Hollywood Moves Toward Inclusion

Variety: As 2018 draws to a close, Hollywood continues to find itself under the microscope with regard to inclusion and representation in the industry. It appears some positive steps are indeed being taken toward rectifying a historically shameful track record of excluding women and people of color from executive suites and on both sides of the camera.

We treat the Constitution like a religious text, with women’s bodies on the line

Salon.com: Actress and playwright Heidi Schreck couldn't have had better timing. Her play that recently finished its run at the New York Theater Workshop, "What The Constitution Means To Me," isn't about Donald Trump and the daily threat he represents to the world's oldest representative democracy, to be clear. But the current context gives the play a sense of urgency and emotional resonance that has been drawing audiences in, leading to an extended run at the Greenwich House Theater starting in late November.

Light Up Night Preview - Don't Miss Out!

Made In PGH: The holidays have arrived, and what better way to get in the spirit then attending Pittsburgh Light Up Night! Here’s the schedule of events!

When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway

HowlRound Theatre Commons: This past spring, Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance, and Theatre was slated to produce By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage as part of the 2017–18 mainstage season. As a grad student at ASU, I was going to be acting in the show. However, within the first few weeks of rehearsals, due to circumstances outside of the production’s control—harassment accusations towards a core team member—it was cancelled.

Man shouts 'Heil Hitler, Heil Trump' during intermission of Baltimore performance of 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Baltimore Sun: A man shouted a pro-Nazi and pro-Trump salute during a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre on Wednesday night.

Audience member Rich Scherr said the outburst during intermission prompted fears that it was the beginning of a shooting. The man, who had been seated in the balcony, began shouting “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump.” Immediately after that, “People started running,” Scherr said. “I’ll be honest, I was waiting to hear a gunshot. I thought, ‘Here we go.’”

OUT100: Billy Porter, Performance of the Year

www.out.com: It’s rare to see an actor sustain a flawless performance through a two-hour film. On FX’s Pose, as the electric ball emcee Pray Tell, Billy Porter did it through a season of eight one-hour episodes, segueing from clocking competitors on the year’s fiercest runway to mourning the loss of his on-screen lover to AIDS to sharing tender chemistry with co-star and fellow Out100 honoree Mj Rodriguez — all without a visible hint of effort. “It had to be Pose,” Porter says between takes of this cover shoot, his first for Out. “And I had to be ready for it. I had to live through what I lived through.”

Tenor Russell Thomas champions the need for more diversity in opera world

chicago.suntimes.com: Tenor Russell Thomas believes in the power of music.

After all, music — specifically opera — changed the course of his life.

“I started singing in church as a kid. Grandma was a preacher and I was in the church choir, so I traveled with her and sang all the time,” Thomas recounts, with a chuckle. “I had a very sweet voice — except in church. We went to a Southern Baptist/Pentecostal church. You had to get the point across.”

Dames at Sea

Pittsburgh in the Round: A boisterously brassy, flamboyantly limelight-hogging leading lady who seems to encompass every overly aggressive and ostentatious showgirl and Hollywood starlet. A winsome but chronically naïve and hopelessly swooning Midwestern girl trying to make it big with only a pair of tap shoes and the dreams in her heart.

When it came to racism, the pen was Stan Lee’s superpower

New Pittsburgh Courier: Stan Lee was a seminal part of Miya Crummell’s childhood. As a young, Black girl and self-professed pop culture geek, she saw Lee was ahead of his time.

“At the time, he wrote ‘Black Panther’ when segregation was still heavy,” said the 27-year-old New Yorker who is a graphic designer and independent comic book artist. “It was kind of unheard of to have a Black lead character, let alone a title character and not just a secondary sidekick kind of thing.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Creating Costumes in a Giant Ape's Shadow

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: Costume designer Roger Kirk didn't have to worry about dressing the title character for King Kong on Broadway. Apes don't wear clothes, even when a massive animatronic one is the star of the show. But the Tony winner faced many other challenges crafting the hundreds of costumes for this $35 million musical spectacle, which has been in development for the better part of a decade.

Patricia Arquette Talks Wage Gap, Says She's Still Paid Less

themuse.jezebel.com: Remember the time Patricia Arquette made Meryl Streep stand up at the Oscar and shout “Yes! Yes!” by talking about ending the gender pay gap in Hollywood? That was over four years ago, and producers are still giving Arquette poor deals and finding new and creative ways to pay her less than her male co-stars.

RIAA Court Filing In Stairway To Heaven Case Warns Against *OVERPROTECTION* By Copyright

Techdirt: Here's one you don't see everyday. The RIAA is telling a court that it needs to be careful about too much copyright protection. Really. This is in the lawsuit over "Stairway to Heaven" that we've been covering for a while now. As we noted, the 9th Circuit brought the case back to life after what had appeared to be a good result, saying that Led Zeppelin's "Stairway" did not infringe on the copyright in the Spirit song "Taurus."

Who We Harm When Parenting Isn’t Considered

HowlRound Theatre Commons: We do not make theatre in a vacuum. Artists and employees work within our structures while experiencing the effects of politics, culture, and major life events over time. The concept of work in spite of life events requires the antiquated industrial-revolution philosophy of individuals dropping humanity for mass productivity. The contemporary responsibility of an institution is to support the humanity of its workers as a means to quality of productivity over quantity.

ReFraming the Conversation Around Parity in the Television Biz

Variety: The path to parity in television has been a slow one. Women comprised only 27% of key decision-making behind-the-scenes roles, from show creators to directors, writers, producers, editors and directors of photography, for the 2017-18 season, according to the Boxed In report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at San Diego State University. And that was actually down one percentage point from the previous year.

THE LION KING Celebrates 21 Years On Broadway Today, November 13

www.broadwayworld.com: After 21 landmark years on Broadway, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 95 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.

Mira Sorvino: Me Too can't just be 'naming and shaming'

www.usatoday.com: Mira Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct lies more in preventative education than in "naming and shaming" perpetrators.

The Oscar-winning actress was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her resilience has not wavered.

Broadway in Chicago announces renaming of Oriental Theatre to honor James M. Nederlander

www.chicagolandmusicaltheatre.com: Broadway In Chicago today proudly announced their plans to honor the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer, patriarch of Broadway and champion of Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District, by renaming the Oriental Theatre as the JAMES M. NEDERLANDER THEATRE.

25th annual TEA Thea Awards announced – Universal and Asia-Pacific region lead list

InPark Magazine: The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) congratulates the new TEA Thea Awards recipients –officially announced today – representing some of the finest achievements in the creation of compelling places and experiences,” said TEA International Board President Michael Mercadante of Main Street Design. “We invite our community to join us in Anaheim April 11-13, 2019 to celebrate these achievements at the annual TEA Summit and Thea Case Studies, crowned by the 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong. The biggest weekend on our industry calendar will be that much more special in 2019 as we commemorate a quarter-century since the Thea Awards began.”

A strong cast highlights Guys and Dolls at Stage 62

Pittsburgh Current: It’s true, I’ve been heard to make a few cheap cracks about actors in my time. It’s wrong, certainly, and I shouldn’t do it. But they give you so much material – and I’m only human after all.

To be honest, however, (and if you tell anybody I said this I’ll hunt you down) I actually admire them. Truth be told, I am in awe of actors. How they do what they do, do it so well and, far too often, for little or no recompense … performers are just unsung heroes in my book.

We Visited the the Weta Digital Performance Capture Stage with Robert Rodriguez

Collider: A few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Wellington, New Zealand for the Alita: Battle Angel experience at Weta Digital. Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company that was founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk in 1993. From Gollum to Caesar, Middle-earth to Pandora, Weta Digital has created some of the most memorable characters and worlds of the last twenty years.

Celebrate 22 Years of Razzle Dazzle With Fun CHICAGO Facts!

www.broadwayworld.com: The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago celebrates its 22nd Broadway anniversary tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th. Celebrate 22 years of razzle dazzle with these fun Chicago facts!

STAFDA Show Report - The Latest in Tool News for 2018

Home Fixated: 2018 was the year, Phoenix was the town, and the annual STAFDA show was the gig for this roving reporter. What’s STAFDA you ask? Why it’s the Specialty Tools And Fasteners Distributors Association, the host of the most powertool-filled event in the country. In fact, it seems that some of the tool manufacturers decided to forego a media event this year in favor of showing off their latest to journalists and influencers at this very trade show.

Dark Art – a review of “Frankenstein"

'Burgh Vivant: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Brett Goodnack) makes a grand, scientific achievement that forever haunts him in Midnight Radio’s “Frankenstein.” Mary Shelley’s classic novel comes alive in an adaptation by Bricolage co-founder, Tami Dixon – complete with a Midnight Radio twist. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo.

5 best practices for managing a remote team

www.fastcompany.com: It’s not easy being a manager. Not only are you accountable for your team’s performance, you are also in charge of hiring new candidates, and you have to work hard to earn their trust and respect. Now, imagine doing these things when your closest direct report is 800 miles away, and your team members live in five different time zones. Over the past four years, I’ve managed a remote team at a company with a 60% remote workforce.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre Names Jacob G. Padrón Artistic Director

Stage Directions: Jacob G. Padrón, 38, has been named the new Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre and will begin his role February 1, 2019. “Long Wharf Theatre is one of the most important companies in the American theatre. I am overjoyed to join the board, staff, and New Haven community as we embark on new journey and aim to build a boundary breaking future together,” Padrón said.

Dancers Finally Have More Brown Pointe Shoes

jezebel.com: When I was in kindergarten, I was in ballet class and I loved it, mostly because I would get to goof off and there was a “free dance” period every so often where we would all get to goof off because we were five- and six-year-olds. My mom sewed extra flowers into my leotards and I did exactly one show. I never went back to ballet or dance after that, and I think that was the right call for me

The MeToo Movement Yet to Take Hold in Ballet World

jezebel.com: Earlier this year, Alexandra Waterbury sued her ex-boyfriend, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, and the dance company after she found explicit photos and videos of her that were shared on a group text of other male dancers. She says the photos were taken without her consent.

I was the production designer for Suspiria

www.creativereview.co.uk: A remake of the bizarre 1977 horror film of the same name, Suspiria follows the story of a young dancer drawn into the dark world of a Berlin dance school and the coven of women that run it. Production designer Inbal Weinbeg lavished attention on the film’s sets, drawing on the history of 1970s Beriln, as well as the architecture of Adolf Loos and the strangeness of early Victorian museums. CR met with her to discuss the ways she dreamed up a world for the film’s witches – including designing them a logo – and how she transformed an empty hotel in Italy into the imposing Tanz Dance Academy.

YouTube CEO calls EU’s proposed copyright regulation financially impossible

The Verge: “This video contains multiple copyrights, ranging from sound recording to publishing rights,” Wojcicki wrote. “Although YouTube has agreements with multiple entities to license and pay for the video, some of the rights holders remain unknown. That uncertainty means we might have to block videos like this to avoid liability under article 13. Multiply that risk with the scale of YouTube, where more than 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute, and the potential liabilities could be so large that no company could take on such a financial risk.”

New Study Details Toxic Particles Spewed by 3D Printers

gizmodo.com: Researchers have that found that 3D printers spew tiny particles into the air as they operate, though the quantity and nature of these potentially toxic aerosols are poorly understood. A new study identifies a startling variety of these emissions, and the conditions under which they’re produced.

Much Ado About Nothing

Pittsburgh in the Round: A tradition for Shakespeare has propelled the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh Stages for decades. Commitment to the classics inspired the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare now plays on via Pitt Stages, the department’s production program.

The idea of intellectual property is nonsensical and pernicious

Aeon Essays: The grand term ‘intellectual property’ covers a lot of ground: the software that runs our lives, the movies we watch, the songs we listen to. But also the credit-scoring algorithms that determine the contours of our futures, the chemical structure and manufacturing processes for life-saving pharmaceutical drugs, even the golden arches of McDonald’s and terms such as ‘Google’.

Rumor has it – a review of “Much Ado About Nothing”

'Burgh Vivant: Huzzah! The war is over and Beatrice (Sarah Kwiatek) and Hero (Emily Peifer) learn that a phalanx of soldiers are returning to Messina to celebrate their victory in William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Hero has her eye on Claudio (Adam Nie), but Beatrice can’t be bothered with the affairs of the heart. She does not wish to marry, but she does enjoy sharpening her wit and verbally sparring with Claudio’s friend, Benedick (Brenden Peifer).

Jeff Koons Is Found Guilty of Plagiarism in Paris and Ordered to Pay $168,000 to the Creator of an Ad He Appropriated

artnet News: A French judge has found Jeff Koons guilty in his four-year-long legal battle with the creator of a surreal 1980s ad campaign who claims the American artist stole his work.

French ad executive Franck Davidovici created the campaign, titled Fait d’Hiver, in 1985 for the French clothing brand Naf Naf. After seeing Koons’s work exhibited at the Pompidou Center in 2014, he sued the American artist for copyright infringement, accusing him of plagiarizing his advertisement to create a 1988 sculpture that was also called Fait d’Hiver.

Guys and Dolls

Pittsburgh in the Round: Stage 62, a resident theater company of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Musical Hall (ACFL&MH) is presenting the iconic Broadway show Guys and Dolls. This classic encompasses all the elements of great musicals, energetic dance numbers, robust chorus, charming story, lighthearted lyrics, and sweet melodies with just the right measure of comedy.

Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede Is A Well Oiled Machine

Theme Park University: After visiting dozens of dinner shows over the years, I can definitively say nothing tops Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just down the street from Dollywood, I recently got a chance to see their Christmas show and can’t say enough good things about it. However, it’s probably not for the reasons you may think.

Can Disney inspire more women to become theme park leaders?

www.themeparkinsider.com: The woman behind Disney's Cars Land has announced that she will be retiring from Walt Disney Imagineering at the end of the year. Kathy Mangum, whose portfolio at WDI also included Disney World's two water parks and The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride at Epcot, currently serves as a Senior Vice President for WDI, with creative oversight of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris resorts as well as the Disney Cruise Line.

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' is as timeless, raucous as ever

Pittsburgh Current: Wanna feel old? Consider this – Hedwig and the Angry Inch turns 20 this year. This “neo-glam, post punk-rock musical” opened off-Broadway in 1998 and was considered one of the most cutting-edge musicals around town; a show blurring the lines between rock and Broadway. And now, here she is, entering her third decade.

British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessons

Smart News | Smithsonian: An ambitious initiative unveiled this week by British Health Secretary Matt Hancock may soon enable the country’s doctors to prescribe therapeutic art- or hobby-based treatments for ailments ranging from dementia to psychosis, lung conditions and mental health issues. Writing for the Times, Kat Lay explains that this unconventional strategy, described by the U.K. government as “social prescribing,” could find patients enrolled in dance classes and singing lessons, or perhaps enjoying a personalized music playlist.

Cal Lutheran Students Want Their Play About Columbine Massacre To Go On Despite The Mass Shooting Nearby

www.buzzfeednews.com: They had just wrapped their last dress rehearsal when their phones all started buzzing at once. Still in costume, dressed as teens from the Columbine school massacre 20 years earlier, the students from California Lutheran University’s small theater department watched stunned as alerts and texts poured in about a shooting at their college’s main neighborhood bar.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Can a Company Ask About Your Mental Illness History?

www.pointemagazine.com: I was applying to audition for this ballet company, and the form asked if I had a history of mental issues (i.e., eating disorders, anxiety, depression) and to give a detailed description of them and steps taken for treatment. Is this something that companies normally take into account during auditi

Classical Music #MeToo Firings Send Signal: Time's Up

www.clydefitchreport.com: Somewhere just outside the limelight of celebrity and political #MeToo takedowns (or should-have-been takedowns), classical music is having an unprecedented reckoning. In the past few months, orchestras worldwide have fired a slew of high-profile conductors and musicians for alleged sexual misconduct. Could it be that in the most reform-proof corner of the performing arts, the paradigm is starting to shift?

Hollow Moon - the first offering from the new Vigilance Theatre Group

Pittsburgh in the Round: Nefariousness and insidiousness are lurking in an unassuming manor house in the East End of Pittsburgh. Heralded by invitations that indicate nothing past a gathering of likeminded associates ready for an evening of vague fun and sport, a group of roughly ten folks gathered in the grand foyer of a cozy home. Upon surrendering the cell phones, the guests began to mingle amidst four very noticeable personalities—Theo, Luke, Eleanor, and Dr. Montague—whose disclosures and withholdings seem all the more portentous after the casual merriment of the party is halted by a terrifying video message from the party’s host, the enigmatic Mr. Warrington. Immediately, the tone changes and everyone knows they are prey in a mysterious, mercurially-plotted, sinister game.

Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice?

The New York Times: The civilized dinner party is probably over — even when you’re dining with friends. Everything means too much now. Everything. Our politics, obviously. But our genders, our food, our television. Our television. Last month, I was in a six-way conversation about HBO that narrowed into two people hung up on “Insecure,” a sitcom co-created by and starring Issa Rae about two best friends — Issa and Molly — in Los Angeles. It just ended its third season on HBO, and I’d describe my ongoing viewership as “exasperated fealty.”

Broadway ditches age-old processes to run shows with iPads

CNN: From Elsa's magic in Frozen -- and those gigantic ice shards that rise from the stage -- to social media taking on a nearly principle role in Dear Evan Hansen, the Great White Way produces some of Broadway's most elaborate and technical stage spectacles two times a day.

7 Fun Drawing Games That'll Flex Your Creative Imagination

mymodernmet.com: It’s no secret that the best way to improve your drawing skills is with a lot of practice. The same goes for flexing your creative muscles. Drawing games offer a fun opportunity to enhance your talents while challenging your imagination. Nowadays, you can play a variety of them on paper, your computer, or on a smartphone.

“Androcles and the Lion” and “Espæce” – Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts

The Pittsburgh Tatler: The Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts finished in a blaze of glory this past week with two final theatrical performances – Androcles and the Lion by the Danish Teatret Gruppe 38 and Carte Blanche, and Espæce, by French choreographer/scenographer Aurélien Bory and his Compagnie 111.

TheShop.Build Open in San Jose One Year After TechShop Closure

makezine.com: I’ve been following the TechShop post-apocalypse makerspace landscape. A year after TechShop’s sudden closing, there’s a wave of good news to be found. By now, new organizers have stepped forward to create for-profit and nonprofit makerspaces, motivated to serve the makers who were displaced by the closure. Also, many of those who gained experience working at TechShop have found new jobs in other spaces. It’s a good sign that the maker community is able to rebound from such an unexpected failure.

American Idiot

Pittsburgh in the Round: It’s odd how a show that came out as recently as 2010 can feel like a ‘decades’ piece, but Comtra Theatre’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot feels like it was ripped straight out of the early ‘aughts. Laden with songs from the quintessential early 2000s pop-punk track, American Idiot promises high-speed guitar, killer rock vocals, and an anti-establishment message, and Comtra’s production delivers on all fronts.

The Re-Invention Of Subtitling. A New Technical Approach To The International Market

The Theatre Times: Theatre subtitling is often considered independent of the performance, providing non-native speaking spectators minimal assistance in understanding performance dialogue.

For a long time, captioning in theatres was considered as an accessory. Twenty-five years ago translations of shows in foreign languages were reduced to a summary of the performance in the program, or an oral translation transmitted in a dull voice to the viewer using an earpiece or headphones. Times are changing and the ‘titlist’, as they are called, have become essential to the international dissemination of theatre.

Telling A Thai Tale: A Dance Dramaturg’s Take

The Theatre Times: When I was initially brought as a dramaturg into the Mahajanaka Dance Drama project, directed by composer Sebastian Reynolds and choreographer Adrienne Hart (Neon Dance), in collaboration with Klunchun and Thai musicians Pradit Saengkrai and Great Lekakul, we began by asking “how can we tell a story from the Buddhist mythology using traditional Thai and contemporary Western art forms?”

Mira Sorvino worried she’d be blackballed over #MeToo: “Instead, we were the tip of a tidal wave”

Salon.com: A year ago, Mira Sorvino thought her acting career was over. The Oscar winner found herself wondering if she could stage a reinvention as a full time humanitarian. Instead, she's as in demand as ever, with recent costarring roles on "Modern Family" and "Condor," and now, joining the cast of Crackle's thriller series "StartUp" as Rebecca Stroud, an NSA agent with a few quirks and a lot of secrets.

Casting Controversy with 'Little Shop' Leads to Anti-Whitewashing Policies at University

OnStage Blog: Last month, furor erupted within the theatre department at Bowling Green State University in OH over the casting of its production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. The controversy arose when the director of the production cast three white actresses as understudies for the roles of Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon, known as the “urchins”.

Riot Games sued over allegations of sexual harassment, pay disparity

Ars Technica: Two women—one who used to work at Riot Games, and one who currently does—have now sued the game studio, alleging violations of California equal pay laws, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

Kennywood Holiday Lights - A Christmas Tradition for Families

www.discovertheburgh.com: When it comes to Kennywood, Pittsburgh's nearest theme park, we often visit in the summer months to ride as many roller coasters and eat as many potato patch fries as we can stomach.

One thing we never experienced was the park's annual Holiday Lights display. So you know when our friends at Kennywood invited us to check them out that we jumped at the chance.

Review Roundup: What Do The Critics Think of Mike Birbiglia's THE NEW ONE? - All The Reviews!

www.broadwayworld.com: The Broadway engagement of Mike Birbiglia's The New One, directed by Seth Barrish, officially opens tonight, November 11 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street).

Written by Mike Birbiglia, with additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein, The New One is a new play directed by Seth Barrish (The Barrow Group) with set design for Broadway by Beowulf Boritt(Bernhardt/Hamlet, Come From Away), lighting design by Aaron Copp (Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center), and sound design by Leon Rothenberg (The Waverly Gallery).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NFTRW Weekly Top Five

Here are the top five comment generating posts of the past week:

How Do Landlocked Aquariums Get Their Seawater?

The Atlantic: Chicago is 800 miles from the nearest ocean, so when the world’s largest aquarium opened there in 1930, its director decided, logically, that the ocean must come to Chicago. The Shedd Aquarium sent a series of railway tank cars down to Key West, Florida. There, they siphoned up a million gallons of ocean water for Chicago’s “magnificent marble home for fish.” Visitors in the 1930s were greeted by seahorses, sawfish, baby sharks, and a 585-pound manatee.

Banning Technology At The Globe Theatre: What Would Shakespeare Do?

www.theatreartlife.com: A few months ago I was lucky enough to work at the Globe Theatre in London. The Globe is a replica of the theatre Shakespeare worked in when he was working in London during the early 1600s. The Globe is made largely of wood and is open to the elements, it has the only thatched roof allowed in London. We’re still a bit cautious after the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Globe had previously been run as a theatrical kind of museum; productions did not utilize tech support or theatrical lighting and sound.

How to achieve an accident-free workplace, and why you should aim for it

Woodworking Network: A university student asked me what my take was on whether or not we should aim for zero incidents or accidents in the workplace and if this is achievable.

I realized that this was a great opportunity to spread the safety message.

The main reason why you have to aim for target zero incidents/accidents is quite simple. Can you go to your co-workers and say "I hope that only five of you get injured this year"? Can you face your children, neighbors and say "I hope that only a couple of you get hurt"?

Is there any future for virtual reality in theme park attractions?

www.themeparkinsider.com: Virtual reality got off to a hot start a few years ago, as parks around the world - led by Six Flags - started adding virtual reality to roller coasters and drop rides. VR media breathed new life into a bunch of rides that had been languishing due to fan indifference, but their revival didn't last long. Fans hated the long waits for VR rides, as the time people needed to put on and adjust VR headsets slowed loading to a sleepy toddler's pace.

Costume, Production Designers on ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

Variety: The calculated use of color and texture helped create the lavish look of Disney’s live-action version of a classic Christmas story in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which debuted Nov. 2.

Key contributors to the film’s aesthetic, which grounds fantasy in a palpable reality, were costume designer Jenny Beavan, a multiple Oscar nominee and two-time winner, and production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, a two-time nominee.

#NFTRW 11-4-18

Friday, November 09, 2018

How the Entertainment Biz is Rising to Meet Demand for Adaptations

Variety: With around 520 original series set to premiere on television in 2019, a 69% increase in the past five years, the demand for source material and existing intellectual property in Hollywood is greater than ever.

BXA Celebrates Silver Anniversary

www.cmu.edu/news: The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs have been pioneering higher education with interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees for 25 years. In celebration of their milestone anniversary, BXA will host a number of events throughout the academic year.

Carnegie Mellon's Family Weekend on Oct. 12, kicked off BXA's special programming with an expanded alumni panel and workshops co-sponsored by the Career and Professional Development Center.

Midnight Radio: Frankenstein

Pittsburgh in the Round: Bricolage Production Company prides itself on producing adventurous theater. As their Midnight Radio series enters its tenth season of producing 1940s era radio shows, they stay true to that mission. They pull the thread on the Halloween season creep-factor with their newest production, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, adapted by Tami Dixon.

Themes in City Theater's Pipeline are very much 'Of the Moment'

Pittsburgh Current: In March of this year, researchers from Stanford, Harvard and the US Census Bureau released a study about economic attainment in various racial US communities and the results were staggering: “Growing up in a high-income family” the report said “provides no insulation from disparities. Black children born to parents in the top income quintile are almost as likely to fall to the bottom quintile as they are to remain in the top quintile. By contrast, white children born in the top quintile are nearly five times as likely to stay there as they are to fall to the bottom.”

Costume, Production Designers on ‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

Variety: The calculated use of color and texture helped create the lavish look of Disney’s live-action version of a classic Christmas story in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which debuted Nov. 2.

Key contributors to the film’s aesthetic, which grounds fantasy in a palpable reality, were costume designer Jenny Beavan, a multiple Oscar nominee and two-time winner, and production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, a two-time nominee.

Bricolage Midnight Radio's Frankenstein is true to Mary Shelley's vision

Pittsburgh Current: It’s amazing to think of how many stage, film and TV adaptations have been made of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. (I counted over 80 on IMBD.) And even more startling to realize that almost none of them actually had anything to do with Mary Shelley. (Even the Kenneth Branagh version which, though called Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, wasn’t really. And, as a side note, guess who played the Creature in that one? DeNiro!)

Cultural Trust's Promenade in the Pavilion - International Festival of Firsts Wrap Party and Fundraiser

Pittsburgh in the Round: The Cultural Trust celebrates this year’s Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts with a classy and uniquely extravagant wrap party and fundraiser Promenade in the Pavilion on Saturday, November 10th. This year’s festival featured 30 international companies and artists from 20 countries, including representation from Pittsburgh’s own arts community.

Pittsburgh Public Theater Premieres Lynn Nottage’s 'Sweat' in the Steel City

Pittsburgh Current: For Patrick Cannon, who plays Jason in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, the production feels like home in more ways than one.

The second-year Point Park MFA student grew up in Sheridan and graduated from West Allegheny High School. Pittsburgh Public was where he made his professional debut after graduating from Columbia College of Chicago.

Pipeline

Pittsburgh in the Round: The hopes and fears of parents multiply exponentially when your child is a young black man. Likewise statistics shared in City Theatre’s program support that black students (male and female) are more likely to be suspended from school at any age. Dominique Morisseau’s 2018 Obie-winning Pipeline at City tackles the challenges of black youth in varied educational settings.

Review Roundup: Did Critics Go Bananas For KING KONG On Broadway?

www.broadwayworld.com: The new musical King Kong opens on Broadway tonight at the Broadway Theatre!

The cast is led by Christiani Pitts, (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy.

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge!) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical).

King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft.

This Play Dares You to Leave… or Stay

Theatre Development Fund – TDF: Although dramatists are not necessarily the characters they write, there
are many compelling reasons the title figure in the monologue play Thom Pain (based on nothing)
seems like a Will Eno self-portrait. Eno and Pain are both dryly funny
fellows, with a skewed view that's at once cosmic and mundane. When they
speak, both comment on their own language -- undercutting, annotating,
contradicting.

How to achieve an accident-free workplace, and why you should aim for it

Woodworking Network: A university student asked me what my take was on whether or not we should aim for zero incidents or accidents in the workplace and if this is achievable.

I realized that this was a great opportunity to spread the safety message.

The main reason why you have to aim for target zero incidents/accidents is quite simple. Can you go to your co-workers and say "I hope that only five of you get injured this year"? Can you face your children, neighbors and say "I hope that only a couple of you get hurt"?

Dropbox’s new software extensions let you easily edit files on the web

The Verge: Dropbox has a new feature it hopes will make getting work done from within its cloud storage product even easier. Called Extensions, these third-party software plug-ins will let you perform basic tasks you’d normally need to launch a separate app or in-browser window for all within Dropbox on the web.

Russia Locked Him Up. But He’s Directing an Opera 1,400 Miles Away.

The New York Times: “We have a message from Kirill!” On a recent Tuesday evening in one of the Zurich Opera’s rehearsal studios, the choreographer Evgeny Kulagin called out, and a dozen singers and backstage technicians came running. They bounded in to watch the latest video sent by their director, Kirill Serebrennikov, a man few of them have ever met.

Is there any future for virtual reality in theme park attractions?

www.themeparkinsider.com: Virtual reality got off to a hot start a few years ago, as parks around the world - led by Six Flags - started adding virtual reality to roller coasters and drop rides. VR media breathed new life into a bunch of rides that had been languishing due to fan indifference, but their revival didn't last long. Fans hated the long waits for VR rides, as the time people needed to put on and adjust VR headsets slowed loading to a sleepy toddler's pace.