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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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A Telescope-Stabilized Lift Rig

Corin Gutteridge

A NOT-UNCOMMON PROBLEM

Set Designer: So then a large moon rises from behind the rake. But we don’t want to see any of the machinery to lift it.

Tech Director: No Problem. If we use black-nylon-covered cable, no one will see it behind the scrim.

Set Designer: Well, actually, the moon box is in front of the scrim.

Tech Director: In front of the scrim?

Set Designer: Yeah — but you can just put it on a big piston or something, right?

Tech Director: Maybe. How big is this moon box?

Set Designer: Well, in the model, it’s 18′ wide ….

A GOOD SOLUTION

Prevented from rigging aloft to pick up the 18′ × 14′ × 22″ moon box Douglas Rogers had designed for the Yale School of Drama’s production of Waiting ...

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