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WSD2017|The Lake Worth Monster
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

M. Barrett Cleveland

The Lake Worth Monster

Category: Lighting Design

Design Statement

Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, the stories of the fabled Goat Man of Lake Worth were part of childhood lore. The Lake Worth Monster is a musical dramatic dance written by Johnny Simons with music by Douglas Balentine presented in a rustic outdoor theatre only a mile from Lake Worth. The lake is both mysterious and mystical; all of the visual design elements reflect the local lakeside ambiance as well as New Orleans Mardi Gras revelries and the dark internal conflicts of protagonist Cowboy Billy. The space is large, but moments within the piece are designed to seem intimate and personal. The limitation of 50 amps total to power the stage dictated most design choices. LED lights provided the saturated colors helping to capture the rock concert experience of the music. The setting is an organic mélange of rough-hewn boards and branches pulled from the surrounding trees. To draw the audience further into the environment, lights were placed in the trees visible through the open backstage. In the climactic moment when the puppet Monster finally makes his appearance, the entire stage is suffused with atmospheric and menacing lighting.

M. Barrett Cleveland

M. Barrett (Barry) Cleveland launched his professional career in 1975 at Casa Manana Playhouse, Casa Manana Summer Musicals, and The Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. He began his 39-year career as a university professor in 1979 at The University of South Alabama, and then The Ohio State University, Colorado State University, Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University (Fulbright Scholar), and California State University Northridge. In addition to designing over 200 productions for theatre and dance companies, his publications have been recognized with USITT’s 2009 Herbert D Greggs Award and the Braden/Beauchamp Visual Literacy Award from The International Visual Literacy Association. For the 2004-2006 RamBox Senior Engineering project, Cleveland co-mentored theatre and engineering students developing Keystroke with Dr. John Mahan at Colorado State University which culminated in a new DMX512 device released by Rosco Laboratories in 2005 and was awarded the 2006 LDI Projection Product of the Year. Cleveland authored articles for Theatre Crafts, Theatre Design and Technology, Yale Technical Brief, Lighting Dimensions, Selected Readings of the International Visual Literacy Association, and the Dutch journal Zichtlijnen, and co-authored USITT’s The Designs of Carrie Robbins and The Designs of Douglas W. Schmidt with Annie O. Cleveland.

Email Address: barry.cleveland@csun.edu

Theatre Company The Hip Pocket Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-09-16

The Premiere Space of Production The Hip Pocket Theatre

Author Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine

Director/ Choreographer Johnny Simons

Set Designer Dennis Runge

Lighting Designer M. Barrett Cleveland

Costume Designer Annie O. Cleveland

Sound Designer Bruce Balentine

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Alvis Ballew, Peter Petry, Johnny Simons, Mark Walker

Other Creative Collaborator/s Lake Worth Monster Puppet Design: Basil Twist
Marionette Design: James Maynard