The Designs

Last night, rehearsal started with presentations from costume designer, Eric Hall, and set designer, Ken Martin. Almost every visual aspect of POPart, The Musical will be art itself: for example, the homeless man’s pants are an ode to Jackson Pollack, the Michelangelo gang looks like Michelangelo’s “David”, the Rothko gang looks like a walking Rothko of brightly-colored swatches, and Mother’s looks range from de Kooning to the medieval to Picasso. I’ll see if I can’t get some scans of the sketches themselves to post. Stay tuned.

"Target", by Jasper Johns, 1974The set will transform from high school auditorium to urban ghetto in the first 15 minutes. There will be sliding ladders (some up to 18 feet tall) and multiple platforms that can act as stoops, steps, and stages. Much of the staging will take advantage of levels.

And every set piece is intended to be its own piece of art (odes to Johns’ and Lichtenstein were mentioned in the presentation; here is an image of Johns’ “Target”, a version of which will be on the stage floor).

Designer Eric Hall talks about his vision for POPart's costumes.

Costume designer Eric Hall talks about his vision for POPart

Ken Martin talks about the set.

Ken Martin talks about the set.

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