“Theoretically the whole acting area might be lighted with one powerful instrument directing its beams to the stage from a distance, at an angle which would light up the face of the actor somewhat as the rays from the sun make objects visible on a sunny day. But we have neither such an instrument nor the physical position from which it can direct its rays to the rather restricted acting area within the setting. It is more practical to use a number of instruments in available positions.”1

Stanley McCandless, A Method of Lighting the Stage

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