Derek McLane had a problem. Scott Elliot, artistic director of the Off Broadway company The New Group, wanted to stage East is East, by English playwright Ayub Khan-Din. McLane has worked with Elliot many times before, but East is East was a daunting proposition. The play requires no less than five naturalistically rendered settings. "I was freaking out about it," says the designer, cheerfully. Fortunately, salvation arrived in the form of Manhattan Theatre Club. The company had an ...

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