Sunday, May 25, 2014

Designer's Desk - Lighting

It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we will be in the midst of tech week and on our way to Scotland. Ever since we started devising Forget Fire in February, I have been looking forward to lighting a show with the themes and ideas we discussed. The fact that throughout all time humans have searched for the answer to something that is missing runs deep in my heart. So, as an artist, nothing makes me happier than creating a show that expresses a message that means so much to me.

Technology is what sets us apart from any other period in history, but we cannot escape the feeling that something is missing. In this age of information, it seems that technology is to blame for things from cyber-bullying to teens texting their friends from across the room. Perhaps our problems with technology are not inherent to innovation, but rather the current manifestation of age old problems. Since we are looking at topics of technology and loneliness, I take a lot of my inspiration from very isolated and sterile images. I think that this creates a very contemporary, empty, and secluded feeling that matches with what we have devised. This in contrast with warm light can bring hope, peace, and understanding.

Working on this show really challenges me as a designer in several ways, but the most unique hurdle is devising a play. Devising has yet to be part of my educational experience and I’m so glad that it will be. Creating a play is a whole new ball game, so having the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh and learn a new approach to theatre is an amazing one. So far, I have loved the long discussions with the company about topics, issues, and themes. Now I’m counting down the days until I'm back with my fellow students to further create and develop Forget Fire.

I was fortunate enough to be the assistant stage manager for the U.S. premiere of Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? which was first produced at the Fringe. Now, I’m so excited to travel to Scotland to collaborate with fellow artists on a topic we believe so many should hear. Forget Fire will be an experience that I will never forget, and I know I will not be the only one.

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