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WSD2017|The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Anita Tripathi

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane follows the transformation of Edward, a toy china rabbit who must experience ultimate loss and grief in order to truly understand love. The scene design provided an evocative environment that allowed for simple, seamless transition through twenty-two scenes while simultaneously supporting both the physical action as well as the metaphorical journey of the main character. The design featured a sweeping, weathered, spiraling sculpture that surrounded dual automated turntables and a climbable railing. Together these pieces literally created shadows of overhead water and tree branches, and locations such as an ocean liner deck, inside of a box car, interior of a shack, a hobo camp, and a diner counter. But the physical design also symbolized fragmentation, reaching upward, yearning, movement, and the “cocoon” Edward is both protected and trapped by. Actors manipulated a few chairs and trunks to create all necessary furniture and set dressing. The trunks doubled as storage for costume pieces and props, as the four actors portraying 23 characters never left the stage. In these ways, the story magically morphed before the audience member’s eyes, allowing them to follow Edward as he found his way out of the depths to new life.


Anita Tripathi

Anita J. Tripathi is the Assistant Professor of Design and Technology in the Theatre Department at Davidson College. Anita has taught for eight years at the collegiate level, training students in scene design, scene painting, stage properties, model making, and portfolio/resume development. She has worked professionally as a scene designer for over 10 years at such venues as The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, and The Virginia Stage Company (Resident Scene Designer). She has also worked regionally as both a Properties Master and Scenic Charge Painter and has assisted Tony Award winning designer David Gallo on a number of productions. In 2013, her work was featured as a finalist at the World Stage Design Exhibition in Cardiff, Wales and she received a United States Institute for Theatre Technology Fellowship to support her research in India. She holds an M.F.A. in Scene Design from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the professional design union, United Scenic Artists Local 829. Her design work can be viewed at www.anitajtripathi.com.

Email Address: anitajtripathi@gmail.com

Theatre Company Children's Theatre of Charlotte

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-01-29

The Premiere Space of Production Children's Theatre of Charlotte at Imaginon

Author Dwayne Hartford, from the book by Kate DiCamillo

Director/ Choreographer Adam Burke

Set Designer Anita J. Tripathi

Lighting Designer Bruce Auerbach

Costume Designer Anna Grigo

Sound Designer none

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Anita J. Tripathi

Other Creative Collaborator/s Mark Sutton, Music Director and Composer