Pride and Prejudice

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A rotating Victorian dollhouse with doors on each side that open to reveal a room.

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Custom square turntable platform built to be operated from below the stage using the same cable-driven style that Round House’s stock turntable uses.

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The Talented Mr Ripley

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The large ceiling unit (12’x44′) was rigged to hinge up away from the stage at a key moment in the show.

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Round House has no in-house fly system, so the entire counterweight system for the ceiling was custom rigged in place.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Photo: Danisha Crosby

The Picture of Dorian Gray, designed by James Kronzer, directed by Blake Robison.  This show was staged on a double revolve turntable: a 18-foot-diameter inner turntables surrounded by a 6-foot-wide (30-foot-diameter) donut turntable.  The inner three columns shown above were mounted to the inner revolve, and the outer two columns were mounted on the outer revolve. Continue reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Cyrano de Bergerac

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At the top of the show, Cyrano approaches the back wall of the stage, which appears to be a chest of drawers. He opens a center door and the action begins.

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As the play progresses, more pieces are moved onto the stage and used in scenes, then carried off.

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The drawers become benches, platforms, etc. The unit picture above on the right has practical drawers for props, and every other drawer opens to a preset depth so the whole piece becomes a set of stairs actors use to reach the second level.

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By the end of the show, the whole back wall is laid bare.

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In order to minimize the thickness of the second level platform and the number of legs required, the platform was built from a custom truss grid consisting of 1″ box tube and 3/8″ rod welded between to create the webbing. In the above picture, all the completed trusses are laid out prior to welding the platform structure.

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These are some of the modular set pieces: set on edge, they appear to be a drawer or cabinet face, but when pulled out, they become a table or bench.

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The stage floor consisted of lauan precut and stained to various widths, and then laid out like a hardwood floor.

The Front Page

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PlayMakers’ production of The Front Page included an elliptical stage and ceiling. The upstage wall on this 7/8 thrust stage was curved to match the ellipse of both.

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This curved wall consisted of a mainly steel frame, with plywood on the top and bottom of the overall wall.

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The face of the walls were covered with 1/4″ lauan, and the trim was applied in 1/2″ MDF layers until the desired thickness was achieved.

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In addition the the main center section with windows, there were two sections on either side with doors.

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The ceiling piece had a steel frame as well, with a custom truss fabricated for the main support frame. The ceiling was raised into place above the stage using the block and fall method and then dead hung from the grid above the stage.