DACHS


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DACHS

Abbreviation for:
Directorate of Adult Children and Housing Services (Medspeak-UK)
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You will find echoes of Dachs's well-taken points elsewhere in the issue as well--particularly in David Cote's - appreciative review of Jonathan Kalb's important new book on marathon theatre events (one of which is Peter Brook's Mababharata, famously performed in one of Dachs's chosen houses, the Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn).
Gotham theater owners acquired small lots, "so the job of the theater architects of that period was to fit as many seats as possible on a tiny bit of land," says Dachs. "Everything was traditionally very, very tight."
Beyond that, Dachs and his team had to get to the bottom of what defines a Broadway show.
"Our strength as a consultant, as designers, is that we understand there is no such thing as an ideal theater," says Dachs.
"People have manipulated those spaces to achieve different effects," says Dachs, but "the room is familiar and traditional and can endure quite a bit of manipulation."
"It was almost theater in your living room," says Dachs. "We thought that the new Henry Miller's Theater should be in sympathy with that perspective." Respecting that thought, they limited the seating to about 1,000.
The overall effect, says Dachs, is to "give this sense that we're all in this together, linked together in the same space."
Pondering why people are so comfortable in halls of that configuration, which is, after all, a time-honored design, Dachs say, "When you stand in the stage or pit or main level of seating, you feel completely embraced and enveloped by the audience.
"It's very difficult for a performer to fill the room with his presence when he is surrounded by so many larger forms," Dachs says.
The design team met regularly in Diamond's office, viewing a video projector connected to Dachs' laptop.
Dachs, for his part, would caution against positioning the seats too far from the stage.