Studio T+L’s Shakespeare Challenge

Last weekend a group of us were having Zoom Cocktails.  We were talking about the quarantine challenges we had tried.  30-day yoga challenge (failed!).  30-day cocktail challenge (passed!).  We were also talking about having exhausted the offerings on Netflix, Prime, etc.  We agreed that Broadway HD is a good option, although sometimes clunky and prone to freezing.  Then we came up with a new one: The 38-week Shakespeare Challenge.  Read one Shakespeare play a week until we’ve worked our way through them all or we’re all released from confinement and can go outside again.  Here are the details.  Join us!

Do I have to buy the Complete Works of Shakespeare?  

Actually, no. There are plenty of places online where you can get Shakespeare’s plays for free.   You can go to your library (if it’s open) or an online library like the Internet Archive Open Library.  One of the best is the Folger Shakespeare Library which has each play available to read online, in a variety of formats for download, and about a half dozen plays as audiobooks.

Do I have to read the plays?

Again, no!  So many of the plays have been made into movies.  Watch the 1973 Antony and Cleopatra with Charlton Heston if you like.  Watch two versions and compare and contrast.

What are the plays, and what is the order?

We’ve decided to use the RSC’s Timeline of Shakespeare’s Plays.

Do I have to watch movies of the plays?

No again!  Do you want to watch Kurosawa’s Ran instead of King Lear?  Go for it!

Are there other options?

Of course!  Watch West Side Story or Kiss Me, Kate instead of Romeo and Juliet or Taming of the Shrew.  Let’s face it, they’re going to be better than a lot of the alternatives.

I hate book clubs.  Do we have to talk about this stuff?

First, you’re really difficult.  Second, yes but just a little bit.

Include the Arts in COVID Relief

Over the past few weeks I’ve spoken to theatre managers, artistic directors, production coordinators, and theatrical equipment manufacturers.  No one knows how they’re going to get through this.  When will theatres be permitted to reopen?  How long before audiences are comfortable returning to the theatre?  How long can arts organizations continue without income?  What’s going to happen to corporate, governmental and individual support if theatre companies aren’t presenting to the public?  When will theater companies have the money to renovate, expand or buy new equipment?

So far 501(c)(3) organizations have been excluded from the COVID Relief.  The Paycheck Protection Program only applies to 501(c)(3) organizations with 500 employees or more.  I doubt if even Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center have that many.  The Emergency Injury Disaster Loan doesn’t include 501(c)(3) groups.

This is a terrifying time for artists and arts organizations, and if they’re going t exist after this crisis is over they need support.  

Sign the Petitions, Please!
Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for the Live Events Industry  is gaining momentum. It deals with issues from health insurance to business stabilization. This is a petition for us to support. 

Tell Congress to include displaced entertainment workers in relief package  
“Entertainment workers shouldn’t be collateral damage in the fight against COVID-19.”  Speak up for them!  This petition is sponsored by IATSE, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

LEDucation Postponed

Due to growing concerns of COVID-19 in the lighting industry and the New York community, the Designers Lighting Forum of New York is postponing the LEDucation 2020 Trade Show and Conference that had been scheduled for March 17 – 18.

LEDucation is being rescheduled to August 18 – 19, 2020.  I expect that our TM-30 Annex E seminar and demonstration room will be part of the rescheduled event.

LEDucation Update

LEDucation this year is on March 17 and 18 at the New York Hilton Midtown where our Jason Livingston be part of two presentations.  The first, at 9 am on Tuesday morning with Wendy Luedtke of ETC, is a seminar called Specifying Color Rendering with TM-30’s New Annex E.  The session presents the new ANSI/IES TM-30 Annexes E and F, which apply recent research to identify three color rendering design intents (Fidelity, Preference, and Vividness) and provides specifiers with TM-30 values to achieve them alone or in combination. Our goal is to increase awareness of Annexes E and F and to help attendees better understand their contents and use. The seminar is most appropriate for people with some prior knowledge of TM-30, although there will be a brief TM-30 overview for those who are new to the topic.

Then, on Wednesday, we’ll be joined by Jess Baker of Schuler Shook for a daylong demonstration of Annex E.  In the TM-30 Demo Room visitors will experience an immersive mockup illuminated with a variety of light sources illustrating the Annex E design intents. The lighting demonstrations will be paired with TM-30 values to show how TM-30 can be used to select light sources for each intent. Visitors will experience sources that meet different levels of the IES TM-30 specification guidelines outlined in IES TM-30-18 Annex E.  We’ll be presenting the demonstration on the hour and half hour from 9 am to 2 pm.

You can register to attend LEDucation here.