“You pull the bag up, the piece goes in,” says John, the head flyman at the National Theatre. “You pull the bag down, the piece goes out.” Union stagehands John Page -- Secretary Treasurer at IATSE Local 22 -- and Brendan Collie are featured in Washington Postcolumnist John Kelly's June 26 article about the switch from old-fashioned sandbags and ropes to a modern system of steel cables and metal weights to move scenery. “Me personally, I’m sad, because it is an art form,” said Collie, 42, a roving stage assistant who’s worked at the National for 11 years. “And we were like the last ones.” Check out more photos and a video showing how the sandbags and ropes work in theWashington Business Journal's report.
- photo by John Kelly/The Washington Post