I spent most of December overseeing the remount of my design for Inland Pacific Ballet’s Nutcracker. We performed at Bridges Auditorium in Claremont, Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, and Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Early next year, I’ll be returning to all three venues to design their production of Cinderella.
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I just returned from the Las Vegas, where I served as producer and lighting lead for the registration area and entry treatments at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in the Sands Convention Center. Working with the Opus Agency, I oversaw those elements at a conference that was attended by over 30,000 people.
Last night we opened The Pearl Fishers at LA Opera. I worked on this production in 2015 when it was performed at the Metropolitan Opera, so when the Lighting Designer Jennifer Schriever was not available, she called and asked if I could step in as Associate. I was responsible for remounting the lighting design under the constraints of LA Opera’s rep schedule, and we received glowing reviews all around.
I’ve just finished up a few weeks working at the Geffen Playhouse on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. Matthew Richards was the Lighting Designer, but could only be in town for a few days. He tasked me as Associate Lighting Designer to oversee the production’s lighting design.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been traveling to produce several “Basecamp” events for Salesforce, the world’s leading provider of CRM software. Working with the Opus Agency, I am responsible for overseeing video, lighting, audio and any other needs that client requires. I am scheduled to produce several more of these over the next few months.
Previews just began last week for The Last Breakfast Club, directed by Bradley Bredeweg. This show provided a few interesting challenges. It explores a lot of contemporary topics using characters from several iconic 80’s films, updating the setting to a post-nuclear-apocalypse wasteland. Opening is next week and I look forward to seeing what critics have to say. Portfolio images are available here.
I just returned from a week in Las Vegas with the Opus Agency at the Sands Convention Center helping oversee the Realize Transformation Pavilion at Dell EMC / World. I’ve been involved with this project for several months as part of the team that designed and implemented an ambitious design involving five large truss arches with video screens. I was also the lead on the booth’s lighting design and served as an onsite producer under Tristan Roberson, Executive Producer and Tom Sturge, Executive Producer – Oversight. Below is an example of a rendering we did and a photo of the actual implementation. It was an extremely successful event. Additional photos and renderings can be seen on the portfolio page.
Last week I had the privilege of lighting another Tony award-winner, playwright and famous drag performer Charles Busch. He has been touring with his cabaret show and Rockwell asked me to come on board to light the two sold-out nights of performances.
Yesterday I had the honor of lighting Tony award-winner Chita Rivera at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Her usual lighting designer was unavailable so I was asked to step in and was tasked with recreating the feel she expected despite having never seen the show, which she’s been performing for over a decade. I also had the privilege of lighting her surprise guest, Dick Van Dyke. Unfortunately, because of the one day nature of the show, I was unable to get any pictures!
Last week I returned to Rockwell Table & Stage to design The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Mean Gurlz. Working once again with director Tye Blue, I continued refining the repertory plot I created for the space. StageSceneLA said, “Eric Larson scores high marks for his flashy lighting design”. Portfolio photos are available here.