We always are happy to hear from our good friends at the Lincoln Center Theater and this time was no exception. Like many of us do, the LCT crew was spending lots of time in the theatre (specifically in the house and audience seating areas) during technical rehearsals & load-ins/load-outs. It is necessary to keep their house seats tidy and protected during times of heavy house traffic. Both parties were able to come up with an inexpensive solution to doing just that.

60” wide Mystique Satin is a lightweight and cost effective way to prevent damage to your seating. It is also durable and fire retardant. It comes in over 150 color options on 100 yard rolls which makes this inexpensive fabric a great option. This material is also good for Austrian Curtains and other decorative draperies where adding a large volume of fabric fullness is the visual key. It is also perfect for Kabuki Drops where a lightweight fluttering reveal may be required. iWeiss has fabricated many successful items for both these applications.

Another great quality of Mystique Satin is that its full rolls can ship via UPS since the roll dimensions are a mere 63” x 8” x 8” and weigh approximately 45lbs each.

Looking for a way to section off seating areas for a more intimate production, performance, or event?  Covering the seats for this purpose offers a nice visual appeal for your venue’s guests as well.

Seat Covers

Is your theatre or production company on a budget? Who’s isn’t, right?

The students over at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota, FL were able to take a simple application developed from our creative Greek ancestors and fabricate it into something that still proves to be effective today. Their variation on the periaktoi.

If you are familiar with Legally Blonde The Musical then you are probably aware that it spans through many locations during the show’s two acts. For this reason coupled with the challenge of not having a fly space in their performance hall we were able to help them come up with a safe solution that stayed within their budget and involved the creativity of the students…a 4-sided traveling wood frame unit with painted muslin.

Each side of the traveling unit is 4’5”w x 10’0”h with some additional overage on the perimeter for wrapping around the frame – making the most of their purchased and inexpensive 118” wide NFR muslin and getting (2qty) cuts out of each width. (iWeiss Price $6.14/yd).

Apply Rosco Flamex to the surface or add Flamex PA to the paint mixture in order to make the panels in agreement with your venue’s fire regulations. Flamex comes in variety of container sizes and options for different surfaces. Then simply add casters to the bottom for easy travel.

It simply goes to show that one doesn’t need a Harvard degree for this Legally Blonde’s design!

Cardinal Mooney’s production performs in Sarasota, FL in March 2015.

Mooney Muslin Flats

A Christmas Poem by Russ Dusek

‘Twas the night before Christmas and I work for iWeiss

the shop has fallen silent, not a drill, not a vice.

My quotes are all tucked in the folder with care,

in the hopes that purchase orders soon will be there;

I just spoke with David and my proposals are signed;

Now on to the contracts, who knows what he’ll find.

Jo sent me tracking ’cause she just shipped my stuff.

With luck it will get there, I hope they don’t treat it too rough.

Then just when I think I have my jobs under control,

My email blows up so I sit down to scroll.

The installers need guidance and I think I have a chance

but the dogs are barking now and I’m taking Hannah to dance.

Rich won’t respond to texts or to calls,

so I’ll have to call Shannon but she’s already running 17 install.

Turns out I need Paul with his knowledge of control,

because the rigging won’t go up and after all, that is the goal. 

So I send him some pictures and he emails me some code,

we program the console and like that, we’re back on the road.

I touch base with Jen ’cause she always calms me down,

her words of wisdom, always practical, I feel less like a clown.

Now I have to tell Misha that I screwed up a size,

I mixed up the drape, not the height but length wise.

I pick up the phone and lay the problem out with zest.

But I can tell by her tone, Misha’s not impressed.

I check in with Chris on some drapes that he’s priced,

He’s made some assumptions, hopefully the client’s enticed

Nicole’s quoting pipe girds, to who I don’t know

But the question I have is, where do these all go?

Jaclyn’s here now and we’ve had some good talks

I hope she drinks the iWeiss cool-aid before she’s had it, and walks.

Oh Lauren, my Lauren, you and I, we relate.

Please share with us your wisdom before your due date

Van needs Chicago’s payroll or no one gets paid.

And if I mess it up again, she’ll be throwin’ me some shade.

Angie, oh Angie it’s been one of those days.

Let’s get these bids out and hope for some praise.

Alex is back! His new role is PM.

I’m having trouble with the rhyme… did you know that smoking causes phlegm?

Now back to my family.  It’s Christmas after all.

I need down time from worrying about things that might fall.

Starting the New Year, I’ve got more motivation than ever,

but right now I’m exhausted from trying to be clever.

So that’s iWeiss before Christmas as told by this guy.

If I said I didn’t love it, I’d be telling a lie.

by:  Russ Dusek (Dr. Dusek to us)

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II at Theatre for a New Audience

Opening this weekend and running through December 21st – this is a MUST SEE!

Plot Description from the NY Times:
Last seen in New York sixty years ago, Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, stages both parts of the wildly popular play that launched Christopher Marlowe’s career in the late 1580s. Theatre for A New Audience veteran John Douglas Thompson stars as Tamburlaine, the unstoppable and ferocious low-born conqueror who humbles kings and emperors, sweeping methodically across vast territories while gathering ever more strength from his driving will, his boundless self-image, and his astonishing outpouring of stunning verse. Nineteen actors play sixty roles in this magisterial yet tightly conceived epic event that chronicles Tamburlaine’s rise from upstart Scythian shepherd to ruler of Persia (Part I), and then his strangely precipitous, grief-suffused fall (Part II). Shocking and awesome, repellent and fascinating in equal measure, Marlowe’s hero is disturbingly modern.

Check out the trailer here – All Vinyl Strip Curtains by iWeiss,  Blood was not included!


History, Restaged

The Theatre at the Ace Hotel (formally The United Artists Theatre) in Los Angeles was looking to update its rigging system in a very fast turn around.

Richard Parks, iWeiss VP, traveled to Los Angeles with our draftsman to do a survey and drafting on site. The old j bar guide system did not have standard spacing and there were other challenges including the installation of a new projection screen.  H & H Specialties, located in California worked with the iWeiss drawings to produce the equipment while the sewing shop back East produced all of the new soft goods for the theatre.

All in all, from contract to survey to manufacturing and installation of new counterweight equipment, projection screen and drapery, the project was completed in under 3 months.

The LA Register recently ran a great article about the recent changes in Los Angeles’ downtown Broadway Theater District

Check it out here:  LA Register Article



Dressing Up the VIP Experience

As part of its new building refurbishment the Lyric Theatre on Broadway (formerly the Foxwoods Theatre) approached iWeiss about fabricating custom draperies and track systems in the patron Ambassador VIP Lounge.  iWeiss always strives for customer excellence and  are proud to give each individual project the special attention needed – so when it was requested that we aid in making the theatre guests’ experience a memorable one, it seemed a natural fit.

For additional package purchases with a show ticket, access will be granted to the VIP Lounge with its very own special coat check, restrooms, seating area, and bar – an entire red carpet treatment.  This ticket option will begin with the venue’s production, On the Town, this theatre season.  We’ve also begun building show items for this production as well, giving you an iWeiss experience onstage AND off!XXXXXXXXX

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