Nylon Fusion is starting a busy season and their first show of the year is one of their This Round’s on Us short play series. This year they’ve parted ways with the holiday themes and are doing a series through time. This first one covers 1900 to the 1920s. Themes included WWI, Vaudeville, women beginning to come into their own and art and literature. As usual, they had a tight group of 11 plays split between their 7:00 and 9:00 shows. All but one were set in the time period (though a couple had time travelers from the current day), with the lone outlier set in current day, but inspired by the Charleston.
Nylon Fusion moved to TADA! with this iteration. The space is fairly traditional — a relatively deep space with a raked audience. It was deep enough where I decided to sit in the front row to get the best reach with my lenses. It’s also a fairly wide space (by NYC standards) so I needed all three of my lenses (16-35, 24-70 and 70-200) at one time or another.
The lighting was a stock plot, with a LOT of blue in it, which had to be corrected out in many cases. It was also fairly uneven, which made shooting and post-processing challenging. It’s so hard to make a single plot (which might be the house stock plot) fit 11 different shows.
Next up will be the 1930s – 1940s. The Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and WWII. Should be some good stuff!