|Mandell Weiss Forum|
384 seats in the normal configuration. An additional 24 seats are available when the voms are covered. Advance arrangements must be made for the additional seating.
The Forum has removable seats to accommodate wheelchair-bound patrons. Access to the house is via a long gentle ramp.
A two-channel Infrared Listening System provides enhanced audio for all performances and audio description for one performance of each production. A current schedule is available by clicking here .
Additionally, a golf cart is available to assist patrons with accessibility issues to and from the parking lot. Please notify the Box Office prior to your performance if you are in need of this service; additionally, you may pull into the five minute parking in front of the theatre, and a friendly La Jolla Playhouse greeter will assist you.
The house opens one half hour before each performance. The curtain for evening performances Tuesday — Wednesday is 7:30 pm; the curtain for evening performances Thursday — Saturday is 8:00 pm; and the curtain for evening performances on Sunday is 7:00 pm. The curtain for matinees is at 2:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday only). The theatre is dark on Monday.
Measures 16' x 16'. Located adjacent to dressing rooms at stage level. The Green Room is equipped with a pay phone, a chilled water dispenser, vending machines and a refrigerator. The Page/Monitor and CCTV Systems provide for audio and video monitoring of the stage.
Located near the Green Room at stage level.
There are two chorus dressing rooms at stage level; one with a capacity for 18 people (men's), the other with a capacity for 12 people (women's). Each dressing room has sinks, make-up mirrors, showers and toilets. The Page/Monitor System provides for audio monitoring of the stage.
Quick Change Rooms
Each vom has room for a quick-change area just off the thrust, as well as room for quick changes in the offstage hallways stage right (SR) and stage left (SL).
The wardrobe room is located near dressing rooms with basic sewing supplies, a sewing machine, steamer, iron and ironing board, two washers and dryers and a sink. Sewing facilities are located in the Weiss Theatre. There is no dry cleaning on site.
Control Room (booth)
Located in the rear of the auditorium, up one flight from the back of the house. The Page/Monitor System provides for a booth monitor and the paging of the FOH and backstage areas. Two channels of video are available, providing a stage view plus one additional view as needed. Four channels of wired intercom are available for production, plus a set of four wireless belt packs for stage crew.
The information included in this outline is usable for general purposes and non-critical measurements. Separate technical drawings made from actual measurements of the space are available upon request.
CRITICAL MEASUREMENTS SHOULD BE CONFIRMED BY FIELD MEASUREMENT.
Dock is 3' high. It is located directly off the main access road (Weiss Lane). Two or three trucks can be accommodated at one time. Equipment and scenery may be loaded straight onto the stage. The loading door from the dock measures
The overstage pipes or US pipes are a series of existing 1 1/2 sch 40 pipes chained to square beams spaced 12' 0" from CL, running US/DS from just US of the #1 catwalk. The distance from the bottom of these pipes to the stage floor is 24' 6". All pipes are available for either scenic or electrics use in consultation with the Technical Director and Lighting Supervisor. (Call (858) 550.1070 for assistance.) Additional pipes may be added as required.
Overstage pipe distance from plaster line
i-beam 7' 1 1/2"
focus track 1 11' 1"
focus track 2 15' 7"
focus track 3 19' 8"
Soft Goods Inventory
The information included in this outline is based on the latest available inventory.
General Electrics Information
The Weiss Forum Theatre is a thrust stage with seven lighting catwalks downstage and ten semi-permanent Electrics' pipes over the upstage area. At this time there are no flying electrics. The house dimming package consists of 182 Colortran ENR dimmers, 140 at 2.4 kW in the catwalks, 42 in drop boxes, and 2 at 6kW. The system also includes 52 circuits that are wired in parallel to other locations throughout the theatre. There is no patch bay, therefore no existing method for quick re-patching.
The control console is an ETC Obsession 1, 1500 channel. Twenty non-dim circuits are provided with control at the light board operator position in the booth
The lighting inventory is attached listed below. Usually designers run out of dimmers before running out of instruments. However, additional equipment can be rented locally with advance notice. All rental costs are charged to the show budget.
A packet of facilities drawings is available. Please feel free to contact the Production Department at (858) 550.1070 x136 for information.
*Check barrel count as part of prelims with Electrics Department at (858) 534-6697.
We have an additional inventory of equipment such as followspots, color scrollers, ministrips, foggers, hazers, strobes, etc. that are shared between our theatre spaces. If you have additional needs beyond the listed inventory please consult the Lighting Supervisor.
The Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre is a 400-seat thrust stage, with the control booth located slightly above and right-of-center at the rear of the house. The console is permanently located at the house-right end of the control booth, with a six-foot sliding glass window to allow for rudimentary level setting. The amplifiers are located between the 5th and 6th catwalks. Sound system power is dedicated, but not tranformer isolated in the Forum Theatre. Speakers may be hung from the seven catwalks over the house/thrust, and from various positions over the up-stage acting area. Inventory is as follows:
Amplifiers and Speakers (House Configuration)
Main (proscenium l/r)
The Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre is hard-wired with four channels of RTS compatible intercom throughout. A UHF intercom system is available, and is assignable to one intercom channel. Inventory is as follows:
The Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre Page/Monitor System provides for Stage Manager announcements and stage monitoring from many locations. Announcements may be made to the dressing rooms, green room and crossover areas via a page mic, or to the house via a God mic. Monitoring of the stage action is provided by a microphone located in the catwalks. Speaker volumes are user-adjustable at all locations, however, this is a priority paging system designed so that Stage Manager pages are heard at FULL VOLUME regardless of individual volume control settings.
Video Monitoring System
The Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre CCTV system provides inputs/outputs located throughout the theatre. A black-and-white CCD camera with excellent low-light visibility provides a stage view to the green room and off-stage right at all times. Additional cameras/monitors may be added as needed.
Infrared Listening System
As mandated by ADA regulations, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre provides enhanced audio to its hearing-impaired patrons for all performances. Headsets are available at the box office prior to curtain time on the day of the show. Amplification of the on-stage action is provided by a microphone located in the catwalks and an infrared transmitter located in the control booth. This signal is broadcast to individual headsets via three infrared emitters located above the thrust. A second channel is utilized during the La Jolla Playhouse season for audio-description.
Infrared Listening System Inventory is as Follows:
Stage Management Notes
The Stage Manager has access to the intercom, paging and video monitoring systems when located in the control booth or at the house-center tech tables. The Stage Manager is also provided with their own monitor speaker in the control booth. Communication with House Management is available via an Aiphone telephone system. The Stage Manager's handset is located in the control booth, and the House Manger's handset is located outside, to the right of the theatre entrance. There are also Aiphone lines to the box office, stage right and wardrobe on the same system.
The sound department also maintains a floating inventory of playback, processing, amplifiers, loudspeakers, monitors, Shure UHF wireless mics, HME VHF wireless mics and a portable iMac with Audio Desk and Glyph M Project. Please inquire.
Important Telephone Numbers for the Mandell Weiss Forum: