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SPRING 2016 | THEATRE DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY Volume 52, Issue 2 10 24 features A Primer for the History of Stage Lighting By Linda Essig With the emergence of artificial light sources in theatre during the Renaissance, the tug-of-war between art and technology began. The battle continues today as the ability to remotely automate every conceivable attribute of stage lighting provides seemingly boundless flexibility and specificity. Theatres with Little Headroom: Historical Solutions By Frank Mohler When theatre productions began to require more spectacular visual effects, early theatres sought creative solutions-particularly those theatres with low grids. Many of those solutions are inspiring designs today. 30 The Whole Cloth By Catherine Bradley Even an experienced designer can be fooled by the properties of a fabric's weave. Whether choosing effective fabrics for period costumes, upholstery, or black velvet stage curtains, a basic understanding of weave is useful for the technical director, the costume or set designer, or the props person. 34 From Classical Music to Heavy Metal 44 Extension Cords and Connectors departments 4 Book reviews 50 From the editor By Jonas Schira Matching a venue's acoustic layout to the event being hosted is difficult. Fortunately, variable systems like revolving wall elements, curtains, roll banners, and electrical enhancement systems offer technical solutions. By Ken Vannice The entertainment industry's use of extension cords is quite different from how we use them at home. Here's how you can safely use extension cords in the theatre. S p r i n g ON THE COVER 1810 Print of Covent Garden Theatre. Courtesy New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2 0 1 6 theatre design & technology 3

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Theatre Design & Technology - Spring 2016