West Linn Fine & Performing Arts Dept.
Lighting & Set Design
ROMEO & JULIET by William Shakespeare – Feb/March 2010
Directed byJessica Middleton Murray. Costume Design by Shana Targosz, Sound Design by Jessica Middleton Murray.
Jessica conceived a production where adults played adults, and kids played kids. She utilized professional actors, community theatre actors, and the high school students to make that contrast work.
Our collective concept tried to blend reference to the Elizabethan stage, with reference to modern influences. Jessica and Shana developed a vocabulary with the costumes that gave the older characters a silhuette of the Elizabethan, with a modern interpretation, whereas the younger ‘kids’ definitely had a more modern flair, with some Elizabethan reference.
My set was much the same: some Elizabethan tradition (the balcony/upper above, the wooden thrust-like plankboard stage), but a little askew. See-through metal staircase, sheer chiffon panels, and exposed lighting fixtures and escape stairs peel away tie visual, allowing the layers of the environment to show. All the world’s a stage, even (some of) the back stage.