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It happens so often at tech rehearsal. And yet, each time it happens, it feels like the first. That magic moment when the colored lights are turned on the first time, the sound is turned up, the costumes are put on, the props are placed in hand. Suddenly the weeks of hard work in the empty rehearsal room blossom to life as the design elements add their wonder. This happened, this week, in tech rehearsals for our upcoming West Coast Premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll. It opens July 29.
The cast worked through their cues under the watchful eyes of lighting designer Ken Booth, set designer Jeff McLaughlin, sound designer/composer Peter Bayne, costume designer Terri A. Lewis and props designer Terri Roberts, all under the guidance of production stage manager Emily Lehrer and director Simon Levy.
The meticulous process of technical rehearsals — when light & sound cues are painstakingly timed and drilled — can be tedious. But the end result can be marvelous. As was the case this week with Baby Doll. It’s going to be a beautiful production.
Enjoy these snapshots from tech rehearsal. You’ll be dazzled when you see the finished production.
There are no two ways about it. Tech rehearsals are a long, incremental process. Light cues are programmed into computers, sound levels are meticulously adjusted, set and prop elements are continuously added, costumes are inspected under actual lighting. Actors work out the timing of cues, all under the eye of the director. It can be a slow, repetitive and exacting undertaking.
Over 26 years, we have found the key to a successful Tech Weekend: donuts. Lots of them. Actually, our three sacred virtues of Tech Weekend are Diligence, Patience and a Sense of Humor. The cast, design and production team for My Mañana Comes demonstrated all three last weekend as we began integrating the design elements into our upcoming LA Premiere.
The play takes place in the kitchen of an upscale New York restaurant. Michael Navarro’s red brick and stainless steel set design creates the environment. The seating at the Fountain has been restored to its original configuration (we were in-the-round for Dream Catcher) and the audience is expected to feel like fine diners with theatre programs designed like restaurant menus.
My Mañana Comes is a funny and fast-paced new play about four busboys in a fancy bistro who juggle plates, their friendship and chase the American Dream. Written by Elizabeth Irwin and directed by Armando Molina, our LA premiere stars Richard Azurdia, Pablo Castelblanco, Peter Pasco and Lawrence Stallings. It runs April 16 – June 26.
Enjoy these photos from Tech Weekend
My Mañana Comes April 16 – June 26 MORE/Get Tickets
The design and production team for our upcoming Los Angeles Premiere of My Name Is Asher Lev gathered on Saturday to discuss the many design elements needed for the production. It’s going to be a beautiful and powerful production with a fluid, quick-moving mixture of set, lights, music and sound supporting three talented actors who play a variety of characters.
At Saturday’s production meeting, director Stephen Sachs spoke to the designers and shared his vision for the play. Producer Simon Levy led the meeting with Technical Director Scott Tuomey. Adding their artistic contributions were set designer Jeff McLaughlin, lighting designer Ric Zimmerman, costume designer Shon LeBlanc, props designer Misty Carlisle, and production stage manager Terri Roberts. Composer/sound designer Lindsay Jones was out-of-town but a few samples of his gorgeous original music were played.
Based on the bestselling novel by Chaim Potok, My Name Is Asher Lev is the powerful coming-of-age story of a Jewish boy’s struggle to become an artist against the will of his Orthodox parents, community and tradition. Asher Lev could be the next Picasso. But as the son of devout Hasidic parents who struggle to understand the value of his art, Asher Lev is torn apart. He knows he is commanded to honor his parents, but he must also be true to himself. As we glimpse the pieces of Asher’s painful past, we witness events that climax in his most famous work and the decision that will change his life forever. A recent hit Off-Broadway and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the John Gassner Award.
The Los Angeles Premiere at the Fountain theatre stars Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, and Joel Polis.
Snapshots from the ‘Asher Lev’ Design Meeting
My Name is Asher Lev Feb 15 – April 19 (323) 663-1525 MORE
A sneak peek as we prepare for Tech Weekend for the world premiere of our upcoming comedy/drama Heart Song by Stephen Sachs at the Fountain, directed by Shirley Jo Finney. It stars Pamela Dunlap, Juanita Jennings and Tamlyn Tomita. Previews begin May 18. It opens May 25th and runs to July 14th.
Heart Song is a funny and touching new play about a middle-aged Jewish woman in New York City whose life is changed when she takes a flamenco class. Set design is by Tom Buderwitz, lighting design by Ken Booth. Take a look at some snapshots as we build the set and hang lights, getting ready for Tech Weekend.
Heart Song May 25 – July 14 (323) 663-1525 MORE
Our upcoming new signed/spoken production of Cyrano not only simultaneously blends ASL with spoken word, the set design will incorporate a network of video monitors throughout the stage that will provide captioning for deaf audiences and serve as a video portal through which the audience experiences the e-language and imagery of the internet.
This world premiere new version of the romantic classic is now set in a modern city. Language and communication (and the struggle to connect and communicate) are major themes in the new play. The internet and iphones, Facebook and texting, play a major role in our modern electronic lives. And they will be important elements in this re-imagined new version of Cyrano.
The “electronic network” of video monitors will come to life on stage via the artistry of video designer Jeff Teeter and the Multi-Media Technicians at Media Fabricators, Inc.
The Cyrano design and production team met yesterday at the Fountain with director Simon Levy to discuss and plan the many creative elements of the new play.
Lloyd: I’m starting to know what God felt like when he sat out there in the darkness, creating the world.
Belinda: And what did he feel like, Lloyd my dear?
Lloyd: Very pleased he’d taken his Valium.
– from “Noise Off” by Michael Frayn
Tech weekend is always a magical time. And requires a lot of Valium. It’s when the design team and the production crew join the cast and director to add lights, set, sound, costumes and props to the show. Light and sound cues are set, new set elements brought in, props and costumes added. Tech weekends can be long, tedious and time consuming. They can also be fun. And the results are often wondrous as “magic time” begins …
El Nogalar production meeting on Sunday, Dec 11.
Director Laurie Woolery meets with designers and the Fountain team to discuss all production design elements — set, lights, sound, costumes — for our upcoming production of Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar.
El Nogalar Jan 21 – March 11 (323) 663-1525 More Info