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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Eugene Yang

A Space-Saving Rain Wall

Act III of The Yale Repertory Theatre’s 1998 production of Hayfever required a forty-minute rain effect just upstage of an interior setting. To keep the stage as dry as possible throughout that torrent, we devised the slim-profile rain wall shown in Figure 1, whose components included a rain curtain, a delivery system, and a collection-and-recycling system.

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FIGURE 1: THE HAYFEVER RAIN WALL

THE RAIN CURTAIN

We used clear vinyl sheeting for the rain curtain. It is soft, ductile, strong; and non-reactive to both acidic and alkaline solutions. Unlike PETG, it also resists scratching. We framed the vinyl sheeting ...

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