Cyrano de Bergerac

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At the top of the show, Cyrano approaches the back wall of the stage, which appears to be a chest of drawers. He opens a center door and the action begins.

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As the play progresses, more pieces are moved onto the stage and used in scenes, then carried off.

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The drawers become benches, platforms, etc. The unit picture above on the right has practical drawers for props, and every other drawer opens to a preset depth so the whole piece becomes a set of stairs actors use to reach the second level.

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By the end of the show, the whole back wall is laid bare.

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In order to minimize the thickness of the second level platform and the number of legs required, the platform was built from a custom truss grid consisting of 1″ box tube and 3/8″ rod welded between to create the webbing. In the above picture, all the completed trusses are laid out prior to welding the platform structure.

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These are some of the modular set pieces: set on edge, they appear to be a drawer or cabinet face, but when pulled out, they become a table or bench.

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The stage floor consisted of lauan precut and stained to various widths, and then laid out like a hardwood floor.