Production elements create an imposing backdrop for the insanity on stage including the cold gray and wine colored palette of Dean Cameron’s scenic design and Kara McLeod’s shredded textiles.
The tech team performs admirably. A few benches are carried on and off Dean Cameron’s simply draped stage, to keep it open; the lighting (Tito Fleetwood Ladd) and sound (Joseph V. Calarco) are unobtrusive, emotionally effective and timely. And the costumes (Kara Mcleod) use a wise restraint — simple, muted modern clothes with classical signifiers (capes, a dress, a helmet).
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“Director and cast benefit enormously from as exciting a production design as you’ll see in any L.A. theater the size of Coeurage’s fantastic new home, Silverlake’s charming Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Café.
Most impressive of all is Joseph V. Calarco’s supremely dramatic sound design and pulsating musical soundtrack. Kara McLeod’s period-meets-modern-meets-funky costumes are winners as well as is Dean Cameron’s simple but striking scenic design, lit to electric perfection by Tito Fleetwood Ladd.”
Photos in the article were from the early photo call, and have some preliminary costumes in them. I’ll post the production photos with completed looks very soon!
The work of the amazing Joe Calarco, our Sound Designer! View the trailer here
The design concept: Titus Andronicus is a world of horrible people doing horrible things to each other, in a civilization that is barely held together. Conceptually, I wanted to pull this production out of the real world of Ancient Rome, which this play isn’t really about, and create our own world, one made of scraps and ugliness. The first step in this process was to take ordinary modern pieces- worn and discarded, cut them up and reinvent them in a Frankenstein mode, with big exposed seams, raw cuts and mixed materials. Pictured here is step one, assembling the pieces before the dye, discharge and paint process.