The Urban Backdrop

Set designer Ken Martin has created a Robert Rauschenberg-esque backdrop (scrim) design that will be revealed as Kitty makes the transition from gated community to urban ghetto landscape. On Friday, I went to the shop to help Scene Painter and Visiting Artist, Kim Cox, get it laid out to scale so she could paint it this week.

Specifically, I wanted to help draw some of the lettering, since that’s an area I live in professionally. Plus, I just thought it made sense to be part of making physical “art” for the show.

We had assistance from a couple of Stagecraft students too.

A small-scale print of the backdrop, used for blocking out sections so we could make the transfer to the big boy.

A small-scale print of the backdrop, used for blocking out sections so we could make the transfer to the big boy.

Kim and musical theatre major, Rob, drawing out the big version.

Kim and musical theatre major, Rob, drawing out the big version. Kim's working on the Statue of Liberty's upright arm.

A subway sign--some of my handiwork.

A subway sign--some of my handiwork.

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