Set designer McKay Coble walks us through building the set model for Nicholas Nickleby. Bare model: first we build a model of the theatre in which the set will stand. This is what it looks like under all of the scenery you see at PlayMakers. Painting the floor: I paint/stain individual board of differing widths… Read more »
First ideas I show the directors – my reactions to the script, the story, how it works in our space. These are detail sketches of how parts of the set might work in the space. Above: an idea for a bridge back to Nicholas and Kate’s family home in the country. More detail sketches… When… Read more »
I head out to North Carolina Tuesday to start rehearsal for Midsummer with the Summer Youth Conservatory. Am coming out a week early to hunker down with Joe and get many hours of planning in on NicNic. Cast list just went up, and I’m chomping at the bit. I believe the final cast that went up was “Casting Version 10.” The breakdown… Read more »
Cast list posted outside PlayMakers Rehearsal Hall (scroll down for readable version) PlayMakers company members attended a two-day casting read-through in April. Several actors were still performing PRC’s production of Pride and Prejudice, explaining the sideburns. Jeffrey Blair Cornell attended the read-through all day and became Mr. Bennet on the Paul Green stage at night. … Read more »
Of the marvelous theatre experiences I’ve been given, the most extraordinary ones have been works of massive scale: Genet’s 5 ½ hour The Screens at the Guthrie, Shakespeare’s History Plays at the Guthrie (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts I and II, and Henry V), Angels in America at the Alley, etc… These are huge works… Read more »
Don’t miss our first ever Nicholas Nickleby post tomorrow, June 18!