THE DUCK VARIATIONS:
Spatial, Technical and Personnel Requirements for Touring Performances
APT’s production of The Duck Variations is designed to be performed in almost any large room as well as in a traditional theatre space. Because much of the comedy derives from the language of the play and the tone of voice of the actors, a space with decent acoustics is recommended. The company does not travel with sound reinforcement equipment. As trained professionals, the actors project well and can easily be heard in smaller venues. If the performance space seats more than 200, the presenter may need to provide adequate sound reinforcement and CD playback along with an appropriate technician.
This particular play is not designed for outdoor performance. (Performance in a small, enclosed outdoor space may be possible if the surrounding environment is relatively quiet.)
The setting consists of a park bench which faces forward and a small trash can (both of which APT provides); the required acting area can be as small as 10 x 15 feet.
We recommend that the audience be seated facing the bench as much as possible in order to see the facial expressions and reactions of the actors which are integral to the performance. If raked seating or a stage is not available, let us know. We will provide minimal platforming to elevate the actors as needed.
Stage lighting is not required; however, if stage lighting is used, it is the responsibility of the presenter to provide the appropriate staff to hang, focus and operate the lights. There are no lighting cues within the play; it is basically a “lights up, lights down” show with general illumination. APT will provide a script and go over the simple transitions into and out of the show with the lighting technician prior to the performance.
The presenter will also be responsible for providing front of house staff as needed. Minimally, a “House Manager” who will control audience access to the performance is required. Once the play has begun, people entering and exiting the space are extremely distracting to both the performers and the audience. To accommodate latecomers, specific points in the play will be designated for the House Manager to admit additional audience members.
Please note that this piece is a 50-minute one-act and runs without intermission; there will be a short break (i.e., 2 or 3 minutes) between the performance and the talk-back segment of the production.
The performance space should be available for the actors to set the stage and rehearse 90 minutes prior to performance; this rehearsal usually lasts about an hour. Please do not schedule other activities in the space during that time without prior consultation.