Improv shower head

Sometimes..ok..most times you have to make due with what you have either for time or budget restraints. Todays challenge was to create two shower heads for a :”wonky beach shower” First we took some plumbing hangers that normally go in a basement and hang from the ceiling and support hoses etc. We had used these before as faucets in the men’s room scene in HOW TO SUCCEED, this time to beef them up just a bit, we wired them together


then after scouring the shop for something the shape we wanted for the shower head itself, we settled on a Stryofoam coffee cup!


we attach the cup


a quick coat of silver spray paint and, viola! ..instant, 30 foot rule shower heads!


What’s the lesson to learn here? Don’t let anything stand in the way of your mission as long as you have one bit of imagination left to use! and FYI, I was not responsible for the building of this, I left that to Harley, job well done!

the life of repurposing, part 1

While I am busy building and decorating the BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS  set for FCT, I also am designing and building for OHHS’s MIDSUMMER JERSEY. Today was another day of always trying to repurpose so I thought I’d share some of today’s successes. The set calls for the backdrop of a boardwalk with the usual amusement park items.

Several years ago an over 8 foot logo of the Worldwide Wickets was designed for HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, then it appeared as a set piece for ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, then another appearance in ANYTHING GOES as a lounge set piece, now it is once again transformed into a Ferris wheel, while still not complete, here’s a few progress pictures.


this was half of the original piece


some of the piece is cut away


supports are added to begin the look that will eventually become the giant wheel.

Tomorrow I will show how we transformed plumbing hangers and Styrofoam cups into a shower head!

One of My favorite things…

What is it that could bring me out of my multi month retirement from blog entries? PLAY IN A DAY of course. I have been asked several times to describe what PIAD is all about to those that I have not rambled onto about it before and all I can come up with is that it is indescribable. Sure I love to spend time at the theatre, even 24 hours or more in a row but the adrenaline of bringing together a group of old and new friends, and testing their brains, bodies, patience and endurance by throwing at them the huge task of writing, directing and acting in a original script in 24 hours is just well, crazy I tell you!

Do I work best under pressure? Some say I do, those who have ever worked by my side on a set might agree but nothing compares the pressure of PIAD but in the craziest fun way, I think there isn’t time to worry or debate or change your mind, you just have to act NOW.

I think the creativity and imaginations that have come out of our previous editions have shown us that the world is filled with creative people who might not even know their own abilities or limits, PIAD is the perfect vehicle to turn loose and have fun while doing what we all love.

This edition of PIAD is going to be so different in the fact that it will be performed on a fully dressed set, I think the possibilities that the writers have are just limitless and hold so many options, plus it will add to the audiences perspective and raise the level of entertainment. PIAD does act as a fundraising opportunity for the host theatre so participation and  a nice sized house put icing on the cake!

I am also hoping to bring this fun and fund raiser to other theatres and their crazy members who would love to have the chance to do it locally too, I am in the beginning of negotiations with several theatres who want to bring this excitement to their town and theatre,  look out Ohio!


during PIAD, look for updates here for pics and happenings!