iWeiss Rebrands, Expands, Partners Up

150x125-images-stories-13-03-current-co411-iweissSure, you know iWeiss.

Or do you?

Don’t confuse it with I. Weiss, the century-old supplier of soft goods to Broadway productions. Building on that legacy, the company continues to embrace that market while expanding into others. This includes putting their rigging expertise to work on different projects, and their foray into products like the ViaWinch.

“We felt that ‘I. Weiss’ did not fully express all we do today, or the idea that we look forward to applying our expertise to custom work that requires especially creative solutions,” says president David Rosenberg on their 2011 name change to iWeiss Theatrical Solutions. “We want to apply what we’ve learned through our extensive theater work to other areas. For example, when a museum asks if we can rig an 80-foot whale skeleton, we don’t hesitate to say yes.”

View the complete article at Project, Lights and Staging News.

 

Stage Directions – The Riggers Behind the Rigging

iWeiss was recently featured in the February 2013 issue of Stage Directions  iWeiss senior project manager Richard Parks says the company is working on a new five-story theatre school building for DePaul University in Chicago. “Within the building there are a number of educational spaces,” Parks explains. “There’s a prop room, scenery construction room, make […]

Celebrating 25 “Phantom” Years

January 27, 1988 – Opening Night – Phantom – The Beacon Theatre is transformed – the entire orchestra is platformed over into an elaborate party space and dance floor and at the back of the stage – Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney is playing.  After a trip to London to study the show –the biggest drapery show in decades, we spend months building the show in quarter scale models and enjoy numerous afternoons and dinners with designer Maria Bjornson going over details.  An exciting premier and a box office success led to iWeiss building Phantom Los Angeles, National Tour 1, San Francisco, National Tour 2, Canadian Tour, Phantom Las Vegas and many repeats.  How wonderful, 25 years later, to still be making phantom drapes.  Got to work with Fred Gallo, Neil Mazzella, Joe Patria, Dana Kenn, Bobby Ferhribach, Tim Abel, Jake Bell, John Paull, Alan Wasser & Alan Williams, Cameron Macintosh – all still loyal friends 25 years later. The crew at the Majestic as well as all the road crews are all a great bunch of theatre folks.  So I look forward to Jan 26, 2013 – The Majestic Theatre – Broadway New York City, the 25th Anniversary of Phantom of the Opera – Who would have thought ……………David Rosenberg, President, iWeiss Theatrical Solutions

 

Visit http://www.iweiss.com/portfolio/phantom-of-the-opera-25th-anniversary.html to view a photomontage of our drapery work over the years.

 

A High Profile New Build Project

It is very satisfying when a unique project gets covered by the media.  It’s like getting another pat on the back for a job well done.  Thanks to our business partners Auerbach Pollack Friedlander and Stage Technolgies for making the Pershing Square Signature Center project a huge success, and media partner Lighting & Sound America for publicizing it in their magazine.  Click below to read the story.

http://www.lightingandsoundamerica.com/reprint/SignatureTheatre2.pdf

Shipping Tips

With the majority of our orders being “custom”, experience tells us the best way they should be packed and transported to ensure everything arrives in perfect condition.  A good example is powder coat pipe of various lengths . . . how it gets wrapped and how many times it will be handled will determine its condition when it arrives at your door.  iWeiss strongly recommends to our customers that you allow us to handle the shipping details.    

If the quoted shipping cost concerns you remember that, given the investment you made in the custom product, it usually doesn’t pay to scrimp on the shipping just to save a few bucks.  With the volume of product we ship, we know the right and most trusted and dependable carriers to get your order to you on time and in perfect condition.  Many times that will not happen when the cheapest method is chosen. 

 And once it arrives, always thoroughly check your order for accuracy and damage before the delivery driver leaves.  This goes a long way in simplifying, and speeding up, the claims process.

Scenic Design Master Classes

Join creative consultant David Gallo and other top Broadway scenic designers including John Lee Beatty, Rob Bissinger, David Korins, Frank McCullough, and Derek McLane at the inaugural Live Design Scenic Design Master Classes.  iWeiss is proud to be a sponsor of this event being held on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in The Howard Gilman Performance Space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th Street in New York City.  Sessions begin each day at 9:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!