Around the World in 80 Days, designed by Misha Kachman, directed by Nick Olcott. The set had to be flexible to accommodate the multiple change in location, as they traveled the world. Continue reading “Around the World in 80 Days”
Permanent Collection, designed by Tony Cisek, directed by Timothy Douglas. Instead of filling the museum walls with impressionist art, the walls themselves were painted with two large impressionist paintings. A Cezanne on the left and a Renoir on the right. The empty frames suggested the rest of the artwork. Continue reading “Permanent Collection”
The Picture of Dorian Gray, designed by James Kronzer, directed by Blake Robison. This show was staged on a double revolve turntable: a 18-foot-diameter inner turntables surrounded by a 6-foot-wide (30-foot-diameter) donut turntable. The inner three columns shown above were mounted to the inner revolve, and the outer two columns were mounted on the outer revolve. Continue reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
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.
As the play progresses, more pieces are moved onto the stage and used in scenes, then carried off.
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.
By the end of the show, the whole back wall is laid bare.
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.
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.
The stage floor consisted of lauan precut and stained to various widths, and then laid out like a hardwood floor.
PlayMakers’ production of The Front Page included an elliptical stage and ceiling. The upstage wall on this 7/8 thrust stage was curved to match the ellipse of both.
This curved wall consisted of a mainly steel frame, with plywood on the top and bottom of the overall wall.
The face of the walls were covered with 1/4″ lauan, and the trim was applied in 1/2″ MDF layers until the desired thickness was achieved.
In addition the the main center section with windows, there were two sections on either side with doors.
The ceiling piece had a steel frame as well, with a custom truss fabricated for the main support frame. The ceiling was raised into place above the stage using the block and fall method and then dead hung from the grid above the stage.