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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Single-Orientation Curved Tracking

A. D. Carson

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FIGURE 1: VARIABLE-ORIENTATION AND SINGLE-ORIENTATION TRACKING, COMPARED

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FIGURE 2: RIGGING FOR VARIABLE ORIENTATION

Of the several curved-track sets designed for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s tight, extended thrust stage, Ray Recht’s Old Ladies Guide to Survival in 1992 was the first to require single-orientation wagon movement. The wagons used in earlier productions had, like the unit drawn at the left in Figure 1, turned to face in a new direction as they rounded their tracks’ curves. Ray wanted ...

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