Making Middletown; Technical director prepares for newest production

 

Photo by Lisa Harris/THE FLARE
Photo by Lisa Harris/THE FLARE

Question: As a newcomer to KC, how is your experience so far? Are you enjoying being a part of the KC team and do you plan on staying?

A: KC has been wonderful; although, I’m no stranger to the campus.  I started making a yearly pilgrimage every summer for TSF back in 2011 so I’m quite familiar with the campus and VCA, but it has been wonderful working with the students for the first time.  I do hope to stay on as full time.

 

Q: How do you plan on achieving a dark comedic look for the set? How do you plan on accomplishing this feel?

A : This show has an interesting dichotomy to it.  Just when you think you’ve figured it out it goes and changes on you.  The deeper meaning I’ve found in my journey through this heartfelt exploration of life’s meaning is that nothing is quite as it seems.  Life’s truths can only be hinted at.  I try to incorporate this into the design through suggested locations:  a hint of a house, a hint of a town square, constantly changing locations.  Most of the productions that I had researched kept a fairly stationery set.  Mr. Goodding and I agreed very early on that we liked the constant flow of scenery.  Fleeting moments if you will.  Life can change in an instant and so can scenery.

 

Q: Do you want the set to communicate to the audience, just as the actors do?

Photo by Lisa Harris/THE FLARE

A: A designer always hopes that the set communicates to the audience but the fine line many of us walk is how communicative do we want the scenery to be?  Scenery should complement the world the actors bring to life without detracting the audience’s attention.

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Photo by Lisa Harris/THE FLARE

 

 

Q:  What emotions do you want the audience to experience while watching the performance and the different set changes?

A  : My hope for the audience is that they will appreciate the many comedic nuances Will Eno has written into his play while still being able to appreciate the deeper questions presented throughout the story.  The set changes aren’t particularly meaningful but much energy has been invested in maintaining a certain mood and flow present even in the shifts.  We shouldn’t feel taken out of the journey because a roof needs to disappear.