We are out there…

Last month, our Chicago-based Russ Dusek (Doctor Dusek as we call him) and Northeast member Chris Layton pounded the pavement of Chicago with new plans of expanding the iWeiss territory.  They had a number of meetings with some of the largest theatres and shops of the region, and plenty of exciting conversations with friends of the industry.

Have you seen work in any of these great venues lately?

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Installations Taking Over the Nation

You probably know by now that we have Russ Dusek heading up our new Chicago/Midwest office, but what you may not know is how far that has expanded our install reach!  This time last year iWeiss was still completing the installation at DePaul University– just about 800 miles from our headquarters.

To date this year, between our two offices we have had crews in:
*Earlham College in Indiana: 650 miles
*Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky: 700 miles
*The Sun Theatre in Missouri: 1,200 miles
*The United Theatre in LA : 2,800 miles

..and that’s not to mention the jobs we have coming up in Massachusetts, Chicago, and Wyoming.  No job too far for iWeiss- let us know when we should be heading your way!

Marist College

iWeiss recently completed a renovation at Marist College in the Music Building and Student Center Renovations.

The Nelly Goletti Theatre received all new Drapery, including a New House Curtain  and Valance with a Full Stage Set of IFR Velour Masking.  The new Choir, Symphony  and Ensemble Rooms all required acoustic treatments that both provided function  and blended well into the architecture.

In the Choir Room we installed twelve AcoustaCorp Acouroll Banners. The  Symphony Room required floor to ceiling drapery to mask the large picture  windows. To accomplish this we installed four iWeiss ViaTravelers with an iWeiss control station along with Custom Fabricated IFR Drapery to complete the acoustic  properties. Ensemble room was outfitted with curtain tracks and IFR Drapery.

With beautiful architecture, our drapery, and all of the equipment, Marist College  now has a fully functioning Music Building and Student Center.

Theatrical Consultant: Fisher Dachs   Architect: Robert A.M. Stern

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It’s Tony Season

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Congratulations to all the Tony nominees for this season.  iWeiss is thrilled to be part of yet another dynamic line-up on Broadway.  In keeping with the maintenance for 11 productions currently running, our involvement in 13 new shows, and a few in pre-production – we have been quite busy!

One of the things that we enjoy about our work best is its variety.  Stage shows are all very different and each requires its own special attention to detail – maybe not the same special attention that some stage creatives require…but you get the idea!

Helping create the atmosphere off-stage can sometimes be just as tricky as the on-stage details, and we are always up for the challenge.  This year we were able to help create the house environment for two highly anticipated revivals, Les Miserables and Cabaret.  Both these productions requested that the scene shops be an important part of ensuring the audiences feel the mood right from the beginning.  Wondering why you were feeling a looming sense of dread upon entering the theatre?  Welcome to the production industry…I mean…the production.

While all productions don’t require splashy drapery, sometimes they just need some framing around the stage and proscenium to complete the world of the play.  A few of these instances are Mothers & Sons, The Velocity of Autumn, The Glass Menagerie, and If/Then.  Often times these pieces will also mask lighting instruments, off-stage spaces, and various rigging hardware.  If you didn’t notice these draperies, then the goal was achieved.

A few other productions needed something a bit more than masking and required some of the more standard items one sees in local theatres and schools.  Among them were printed scrims like the ones used in The Bridges of Madison County or the Choir Curtain in Violet.  These items add punctuation, help set the scene, and tell the story without stealing focus.

No matter how big or small the job, iWeiss is ready.  It may be something as tiny as a last minute masking skirt in After Midnight or as grand and shiny as the drapery in Bullets Over Broadway, Casa Valentina, and Aladdin.  Of course, some shows simply have it all – like my personal favorite this year, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

We’ve also had the opportunity to become part of the rapidly growing Off-Broadway market in recent years and had the pleasure of working on a dozen or so this last year.  This is just another reason to contact iWeiss for your production today – we can help you with your budget, limited space, and lend local support at your theatre!  Keep your art alive – we are your ally.  We are iWeiss.

Written by:  Chris Layton