PROBLEM: How do you create scenery for an actor-driven production of a musical that swiftly moves through many locales? Latest to confront the perennial Candide challenge is Matthew Russell, who designed the show at Carnegie Mellon University before completing his BFA in design there this spring. Russell says director Gregory Lehane wanted a creative rehearsal process and a design that actors could adapt as they worked. The design was to be a neutral object from which an entire cast ...

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