Wednesday, March 23, 2016

What Goes Around... Goes Around Again

I'm working toward finishing a set for Uptown Players' upcoming End of the Rainbow... the 1969 suite at the London Ritz where Judy Garland stayed.  You know the kind of place: gilded furniture, crystal, flowers, fancy carpet, and gold-colored brocade on the walls.

Brocade that a good friend of mine, the late Wade Giampa, chose years ago for draperies in another fancy hotel suite in the play The Plaza Suite.

Set finishing for Uptown Players' End of the Rainbow
re-using Wade's brocade

Techs this weekend, opens next Friday!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Red (tape, rage) and... Blue

A weirdly emotional-roller-coaster couple of days here...

I've been finishing up a show.  As Opening approaches any theater company working frantically toward that goal can get a little over-tired and over-pressured.  A tad over-emotional.  The calmest of us can get... grouchy.  (Did I myself ever once actually briefly contemplate stabbing a carpenter with the scissors in my hand as I finished his job while he left for a lunch date?  Of course not.  Never.  Not me.)

Anyway.  You know that impassioned email you sometimes want to write at the end of a long frustrating day?  But you don't write it?  Or, if you do write it, you never ever send it?

Someone hit "SEND."

Reading that memo started my day: always good to know when you've crushed someone else's life-long love of theater.


public domain images modified - believed fair use

The rest of the day was filled with kind people going, "Fuggitaboudit."

So there was that.  Then there was the little snafu where a different theater discovered that the city's Certificate of Occupancy wasn't going to come through in time to hold this weekend's performances there so we had to move the show... leaving most of my set behind.

Deeper sigh.

The following meeting and phone calls on other shows went much better.  

But, honestly, the sub sandwich I had at The Great American Hero (on Lemmon Ave. try the "Healthy Hero") was the highlight of my lunch/dinner/onlymeal/wholeday.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Been Busy

Sorry, it's been hectic here at Scenic Central, so no posting.

But as a making-up-gift, how about some beautiful floors?  See them here:

Barcelona Floors
Venetian Floors
Parisian Floors

Photographer Sebastian Erras looks underfoot and discovers Treasures!  Beauties!  Marvels!

Photograph by Sebastian Erras from "Barcelona Floors" - CC - ND copyright
first seen at Designyoutrust

So what's been going on that's been keeping me so busy?

Mainstage Irving - Los Colinas' production of Kind Lady is teching this weekend, so I've been painting and fabric shopping etc.  I've been designing, redesigning, and modifying (not necessarily in that order) Under the Skin for Circle Theatre.  And creating construction drawings and starting the furniture hunt for End of the Rainbow at Uptown Players.

Phew!  Busy.

ADDENDUM:  How'd I miss these floors? Tile Addiction on Instagram by  Jose' Jo'vena and Elisabet Martinez HERE.