A Plasticene/Styrofoam® Deck Plug

David C. Perlman



The action for the Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Edit Villarreal’s Crazy from the Heart involved plunging narrow wooden stakes into the ground during a Native American gambling game. During each performance, a total of thirty-two sticks were to be repeatedly stabbed into the deck, making a total of over 700 holes throughout rehearsals and the run. Since the Masonitea-covered stressed-skin-panel deck had to work for both this show and another with which it played in rotating repertory, the deck had to retain a uniformly smooth, planar surface. Thus, for the gambling scene, we had to devise a plug that met several criteria:

1. The surface had to resemble that of the surrounding ...

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