Episode 479. Designing Stage Sets

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EYRE AFFAIRAs Austin Tichenor begins to direct his adaptation of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair at Valparaiso University, Assistant Professor of Design/Theatre Alan Ernstein talks about the job of the set designer and about the fun and challenges of creating a space for a play to happen. Featuring the joys of working in three dimensions, creating environments in black box spaces, making sets characters (especially funny ones), inventing sites for site-specific theatre, and how a set can tell a story but if it doesn’t spotlight the actor it’s just a painting. (Length 17:01)