In Stupid F*cking Bird, Aaron Posner’s riff on Chekhov’s The Seagull, subtext becomes text and Konstantin Treplev’s talk of the need for a new theatre informs the design in a way that Chekhov never conceived.
The Alley Theatre is a work in progress. The theatre Nina Vance founded in 1947 opened a new building in 1968 with an 824-seat, three-quarter flexible thrust, the Hubbard Stage. Theatre consultant Bill Conner of Bill Conner Associates LLC says the Alley began seriously thinking about renovating the Hubbard in the 1980s.
Jean-Luc Godard’s film noir and the street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson don’t spring to mind when thinking about a 17th-century Molière farce, but when Mark Wing-Davey set his production of A School For Wives in the 1950s and early 1960s, he looked to these mid-century artists for the play about a pompous, older man who attempts to groom his innocent ward into a perfect wife for himself.
Director Kacie Smith was wary. Sure, she could stage a play without words, in the tradition of the black-and-white films of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But seriously, was it even possible to stage a play with live actors in black and white?
Technical directors and prop masters live and die by their "Bag-O-Tricks." No matter how complicated the show is, there are usually one or two items that a resourceful technician can pull and/or modify from stock....More
Production and lighting designers Steve Lieberman and Seth Jackson discuss how to create engaging environments that suit the needs of the client; dealing with artists’ riders; fiscal responsibilities of a designer; and scaling creative from small festivals to massives....More