Problem: How can a theater with a $6,500 materials budget build a naturalistic production of a play that transpires in four locales, circa 1937? Solution: T. Andrew Aston, who designed Of Mice and Men for the Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester, MI, says he always searches for a central metaphor for multiple set shows, sometimes by asking materials to tell the story. When director David Mowers said he wanted to emphasize the frustrated dreams of migrant workers who could never put down roots, ...

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