- Daniel Pinkwater
THE BIG ORANGE SPLOT
Based on the book by: Daniel Pinkwater
A musical based on the children's picture book, The Big Orange Splot tells the story of Mr. Plumbean who lives on a very "neat street" where all the houses look the same.
After a seagull drops a can of orange paint on his roof, Mr. Plumbean is pressured by his neighbors to return things back to normal, but he instead redesigns his home to look like his dreams.
Every night a new neighbor visits to convince Mr. Plumbeam to "fix" his house but instead they end up discussing their dreams and by the morning another house on the street is uniquely designed to match the person living in it.
By the end of the show, the whole neighborhood is no longer "neat" but instead reflects the dreams of the people living there.
"Our street is us and we are it. Our street is where we like to be, and it looks like all our dreams."
TURN OF THE SCREW
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Myfanwy Piper
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: George Furth
By: Sophie Treadwell
This design for Machinal attempts to be a "Physiological Noir" born from the opening moments of the Young Woman needing to escape the subway. The space reflects this anxiety and crushes everyone within it for the duration of the show by surrounding them with the complex, industrial beams of an above ground subway line.
An additional design choice was to create a through line of electricity from the Honeymoon with the husband to her final moments in the electric chair. The inescapable buzz and harsh presence of neon lights overwhelm the hotel room in Honeymoon and continue throughout the show culminating in a final scene of her surrounded by electricity as she is put to death.
This final moment is a slight reinterpretation and suggests that maybe there is a kind of escape or release from this crushing anxiety as she becomes empowered by her final moments. As she rises above the industrial world around her, the neon electricity takes on a beauty and now becomes something for The Woman to embrace instead of destroyed by.
"The subway-I had to get out! In the air- All those bodies pressing. I thought I would faint! I had to Get out in the air- like i'm dying."
By: Charles L. Mee
Based on the life and art of artist Joseph Cornell. Most well know for his assemblage shadow-boxes, Cornell's life is collaged together by Charles Mee into a series of vignettes involving the mans home life and romantic interests as well as discussions by scientists about found objects and the death of his brother.
The design plays on the idea of city life and how every building is a living Cornell box of stories. Each window of that building then also becomes the frame of another smaller Cornell box and the zooming continues.
"I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" TRAIN STATION INSTALLATION
Designed as part of an unrealized, Covid-19 friendly walk around holiday Christmas experience, the "I'll Be Home For Christmas" Train Station Installation was to be an overlay of the Santa Fe Train Depot at Grape Day Park in Escondido. During the show an audience would round the corner to a billowing train and the hustle and bustle of a WWII era train station on the night before Christmas.
The magic of Christmas fills that space as the people waiting to board the train or welcome home their family members, break out into a dance throughout the space. Young couples, families welcoming home their soldier father, a newsboy trying to sell the last of his stock before making it home for dinner all make up have their story featured.
As the audience heads past the train to move along to their next installation location, the smoke from the train is replaced with snow falling from above while Christmas classics can be head playing from the intercoms in the passenger car.
THE GAME'S AFOOT
By: Ken Ludwig
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
Book: John Weidman
By: William Shakespeare
A fresh staging of Macbeth set in the modern greed-filled world of corporate warfare. The battle for a kingdom is replaced with a battle for the building and control of the company.
The witches, now janitors, know the in's and out's of the business underworld that takes place outside their janitor's closet and brew potion's in their mop bucket.
The rising army coming from England is now the rebelling mail room and "Birnam wood", a neighboring company - Birnam Paper Co. - may also have a stake in who gets control of the building when they take the elevators up to the top floors for all out war against Macbeth C.E.O.