Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, 2012
Directed by Gillian Swanson, designed by Marc Beaudin
This was the first design I used SketchUp to create. It worked well for the nature of this set, especially since rather than building it myself as usual, I was able to hand off the designs to the carpenters at the Shane Center. I haven’t used SketchUp since, but I imagine I will someday. My idea with this design was that Verona is in a state of decay due to the strife between it’s leading families; the crack splitting the town in two drives home the idea. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete the vision as the scenic painting was done by another who’s use of color and over-ornamentation bared no relation to my concept. My color plate elevation doesn’t show exactly what I had in mind due to my limited skill with SketchUp, but the general idea is a great Italian city that has crumbled into disrepair reflecting the diseased state of it’s social and political life.