1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
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Exhibition

Emerging Designers

Mexico

Josafath Reynoso

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

In this production of Tennessee Williams' play, the space is hollow, hermetic, and overflown with the silent ghosts of memory: The character’s unfulfilled dreams, constantly looming behind them in the translucent reflections of the glass-on-glass walls. Familiar shapes evoke a sense of dread. The bed is in the middle of the room, exalted to the epic proportions of a pagan altar, forcing the characters to communicate while putting their sexual impulses on display. The front wall encloses the space and turns the audience into voyeuristic witnesses of the surgical violence, like watching animals in a glass box, tearing each other apart.
Brick stares deep into the space but instead meets the reflection of his father. Maggie’s ghost is sad under the golden lights. It roams around the exquisitely furnished room; it squirms lustful on the bed in one last desperate attempt to spark her husband’s desire, but what we see is but the vanishing image of a woman.

Josafath Reynoso

Josafath Reynoso is a Mexican scenographer currently working as an Assistant Professor and resident designer at the University of Richmond. He holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a Licenciatura en Escenografía from the Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral in Mexico City. In the US, he has designed for Triad Stage, Alice Jepson Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Donald Bedell Performance Hall, among others, and internationally for Teatro del Borde (Argentina), Escena 8 (Venezuela), KCDC (Israel), Teatro Salvador Novo, and Teatro Doblado (Mexico), to name a few. Some awards include: the 2015 USITT National Scene Design Award, 2014 SETC Scenic Design Award for his design of "The Hairy Ape", 2013 BroadwayWorld Award for "Our Country’s Good", and the SETC Ready-for-Work Award for "The Threepenny Opera". He was a keynote speaker at Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin, presented at the International Biennale of Architecture in Buenos Aires with his design of "Noche Arabe", and was one of fifteen designers selected to present at USITT Young Designer’s Forum and the National Design Portfolio Review in NYC. He has represented the US in Germany (Stage|Set|Scenery) and Mexico in the Czech Republic (PQ07 Scenofest) and Venezuela (Festival Baruta 2006).

Email Address: jreynoso@richmond.edu

Theatre Company Triad Stage

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-08-23

The Premiere Space of Production The Pyrle Theatre

Author Tennessee Williams

Director/ Choreographer Preston Lane

Set Designer Josafath Reynoso

Lighting Designer Masha Tsimring

Costume Designer Bill Brewer

Sound Designer David E. Smith

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dramaturg:
Bryan Conger

Production Manager:
Liza Vest

Assistant Director:
Sarah Hankins