United States of America
The Other Shore
Category: Set Design, Lighting Design
Playwright: “this is the story of Man’s restless internal Journey in search of Nirvana to find a non-existent other shore. Craving a bliss, in a brush stroke moment, he crosses over inward to confronted by continued suffering, experiencing fragments of himself – youth, parents, lovers – lines and swirls of confusion, frustration, loneliness, fear, and anger are drawn on his heart and soul as he journeys deeper with his own shadow. We journey with him…into his soul - a blank canvas awaiting change, healing, and peace. What we experience is a confusion of suffering emotions, a lonely path towards yet another blank canvas, as he is re-born.
My intent was to create a sacred space surrounded by darkness and shadows. Audience travels inward passing over a bridge, through a Shinto gate – moving from the profane to the sacred.
Central production concepts were Buddhism and the Buddha Board – a water-painting tablet on which black strokes appear quickly and slowly fade as they dry.
This production was part of a sustainability research project: To Trash or Not to Trash, conducted by the designer. Scenic elements were designed for deconstruction. Production materials were salvaged, re-imaged and re-used for future class and workshop projects.