Editor's Note

Finding Gear Just Got Easier

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PLSN Editor Justin LangFrom time to time, I get a chance to do some work in the DCMA — the Washington DC metro area, for those of you outside of the Beltway.  Typically, they are quick gigs, and the jobs range from running a desk to pushing a road case.  Yes, I am never above pushing a case — it builds character, and some of the stories my fellow stagehands tell are priceless.

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Publishers Note

Calling All Desk Jockeys!

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Clive Forrester of All Access Staging and ProductionsOkay... Who is going to take the first step? Well, I guess it will be me. No, that is not true. It was actually Clive Forrester of All Access Staging and Productions who took the first step around four years ago. Clive took the first step towards better health by buying a Tread Desk. What is a Tread Desk? A Tread Desk is a combination desk and treadmill that enables you to keep your body in motion during the workday instead of being slouched over your desk for eight or more hours a day.

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On the Road

LD Troy Stubby and Air Supply

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LD Troy Stubby at the One World Theatre in Austin, TX. Photo: Debi MoenTour: Air Supply

Dates: Year-round, worldwide

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Inside Theatre

"Act One" on Broadway

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Act One featured Broadway's largest-ever turntable set design. Photo by set designer Beowulf BorittBeowulf Boritt’s Tony Award-winning set for Act One, which ran this past spring at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, was one of the grandest set pieces ever designed for Broadway. The 30-foot high, 60-foot diameter turntable featured three full stories of locations — apartments, hotel rooms, theater spaces, outdoor places — and created a larger-than-life presentation that added to the energy of the show, which chronicled the autobiographical story of playwright Moss Hart as he rose up from poverty to become a Broadway sensation through his association with playwright and collaborator George S. Kaufman. It was certainly an impressive sight, not to mention heavy — it weighed in around 100,000 pounds.

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Production Profile

Tim McGraw's Tour Goes Rock 'n' Roll

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Tim McGraw tour photo by Karl Naval“Tim McGraw likes his rock ‘n’ roll,” says lighting director Pat Brannon in what proves to be an understatement. “He likes that big look.”

If there’s a word that sums up McGraw’s current Sundown Heaven Town tour is “big.” Big set. Big lights. And perhaps most of all, a big new 7mm video screen custom designed by Screenworks NEP that has put that company in the manufacturing business.

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Designer Insights

Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Tour

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Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days Tour photo by Steve JenningsHalcyon Days might imply times of languid repose, but with Elie Goulding’s fast track to success, the U.K.-based singer/songwriter has been busier than ever, and her career keeps hitting new crescendos. Her first album, Lights, sold more than 850,000 copies after its 2010 release. Together with her second album, Halcyon, released in Oct. 2012, which was re-released as Halcyon Days in Aug. 2013, her total album sales have topped the 4 million mark.

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Wide Angle

EDC Las Vegas 2014: Stage by Stage, Gear and Crew

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Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2014 - Stage 1-kineticField photo by Adam Kaplan/ASK Media ProductionsEDC Production Crew

Producer: Insomniac Productions
Executive Producer: Forrest Hunt
Production Director: Alyxzander Bear
Production Designer/LD: Stephen Lieberman/SJ Lighting

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Showtime

BET Experience

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BET Experience at Staples Center, photo courtesy of Visions LightingLighting Co
Visions Lighting

Venue
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

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Showtime

The Dance Connection: Turn Up The Music

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The Dance Connection: Turn Up The MusicLighting Co
Spellcaster Productions

Venue
TD Bank Arts Centre
Sewell NJ

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Showtime

Gavin DeGraw Tour 2014

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Gavin DeGraw 2014 tour photo by Steve JenningsLighting Co
LMG Touring

Venue
Various (Tour)

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