On The Razzle


West Linn High School Performing Arts Dept.
Set and Lighting Design (and Direction)

ON THE RAZZLE by Tom Stoppard – February 2001

Directed by Jon Ares.  Costume Design by Cheryl Cantwell. Scenic Artist was Ben Cosloy.
When you have next to no budget, it’s tough to do a farce with tons of locations. One of the hallmarks of a farce is the flying in and out of doors. I got around this by developing the style by NOT using any doors. My inspirations were actual locations in Vienna, and the fine ironwork detail that’s prevalent in the city. (I emulated it with Romex wiring!) This was such a fun show to direct… all the sex, innuendo, and over-the-top comedy at a break-neck pace. Just my thing! This is definitely one of Tom Stoppard’s overlooked jewels.