Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Set Design

We're really fortunate to have Ray Klausen doing the set for PIG TALE! Here's excerpt from his bio:

Ray Klausen (scenic designer) has designed over 350 productions for theatre and television in England, Monte Carlo, Germany, Mexico, Australia and Canada. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Liza’s at the Palace, On Golden Pond, Brooklyn The Musical, Big River, Comedy Tonight, Waiting in the Wings, and Bea Arthur On Broadway. Off-Broadway: Pete ‘n’ Keely and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy. Other NYC productions; My Favorite Broadway (Carnegie Hall/City Center) and My Fair Lady (Avery Fisher Hall) . Regional theater: Mark Taper Forum (5 shows), St Louis Rep (3), The Kennedy Center (6), Prince Music Theatre (2), and Reprise! In Los Angeles (3). Television credits include sets for Diana Ross, Martha Graham, Michael Jackson, Liza Minneli, Ann-Margret, Elton John, Princess Grace, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, and yes, even Elvis. He is the recipient of 3 Emmy Awards and 11 nominations as well as the Hoffman Eminent Scholar Chair from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Yale school of Drama. Website: http://www.rayklausen.com/

Okay, that's an excerpt. There's more and it's pretty awesome. Totally check out the website.

Here's a picture of the model Ray made of the set:

The above is JOHNNY's small east village apartment. Entrance to the hallway is upstage right. Below that is a small portable wooden shelf unit. The large unit is a TV set on a milk crate. There's a low sofa in front of the door. Up center is a curtained off sleeping alcove. Window at the far back. Stage left near the bedroom opening is a small work area, chair and small table. Farthest off is a kitchen area w/ a pegboard over a sink and a small refrigerator.
This particular theater has two small side stages which are going to be used of other scenes: couple of outdoor scenes, KYLE's apartment etc.
Early last month a show Ray designed off broadway closed and he offered us use of the wall units. Miraculously, they fit perfectly into our space. They used to look like a well appointment upper west side psychologist's office, but they will like a less than pristine east side cubby hole. Parts of the floor will be covered by sheets of linoleum and throw rugs. Some of the furnishings are coming from my apartment and some from the theater. Ray's got some extra touches for the walls which I can't wait to see. It's all really exciting.

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