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Tech it away

Posted in Design on October 26, 2008 by darylfazio

Is it possible for a show to have MORE tech? It seems doubtful. The set and lights are really bringing the show the visual edge it needed–the colors are stunning and the whole stage picture has a retro vibe I really like. The projections aren’t in yet, but the levels are, as well as some of the Jasper Johns-esque set pieces. And that G.A.S. (Ghetto Art School) sign gives me goosebumps because it’s like someone’s inside my brain. Wait until you see it lit. The sign. Not my brain.

Light cues are being set for "Shine, Kitty, Shine"

Light cues are being set for "Shine, Kitty, Shine"

The art school gangs introduce themselves...

The art school gangs introduce themselves...

Costumes Are Cool

Posted in Design on October 9, 2008 by darylfazio

I always deliver on my promises. So here are some costume sketches, provided by Eric Hall, who read my mind and threw plenty of his own in there too. Looking at these makes it hard for me to wait for the show.

Kitty Katz, at the SHoHo show

Kitty Katz, at the SHoHo show

Edward, the paint-eater

Edward, the paint-eater

Father and Mr. Sorenson

Father and Mr. Sorenson

The art school gangs, sporting the colors of their inspirations.

The art school gangs, sporting their colors.

The Designs

Posted in Design, General on September 22, 2008 by darylfazio

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.