theatrical design

 
 

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s diptych of plays comprises two loosely related stories exploring themes of loss, longing and the horror of the unknown. The first, “The Filmmaker’s Mystery,” follows a film director, the sole survivor of a terrible train wreck, as he is haunted by one of the dead passengers and begins to lose his eyesight. The second, “Ghost Children,” follows a lawyer who returns to her childhood town for the first time since her brother savagely murdered her sister and parents. John Burton’s minimalist yet highly adaptable scenic design provided a blank canvas in which lighting was instrumental in creating a sense of place as well as upping the dramatic ante. Stark sidelight lent a sculpted, noir quality to the composition and enabled seamless transitions from location to location. A harshly monochromatic color palette composed of cold whites, saturated blue and the occasional flash of steely green echoed the play’s winter timeframe and interplay between alienating institutional environments and unsettling interactions with the past.

THE MYSTERY PLAYS

2013

THE VISCERAL COMPANY

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER BASILE

Photos by Jeremy Andorfer

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