After a 16 year hiatus I have started designing sets again in addition to my usual costume design gigs. Before the big summer production hits, I am cutting my teeth on Elm Shakespeare's current project American Buffalo. While at first glance, it seems like a small play, it has been a big challenge to get a 1970's junk shop installed in the Kehler Liddel Gallery.
How does one go from this...
First, you treat it like an art installation. I call it: "American Junk Shop." For me American Buffalo represents beginning of the journey of where we are as a Nation today. The 70's are the beginning of the end of the American Dream. For more of my thoughts on the play check out my previous post: American Buffalo An Introduction.
Once we got all of the furniture over to the Gallery, I started dressing the set. I've managed to gather various things from home, thrift stores, Yale, and a generous donation from some thrifting buddies. Because we are not able to install a full scale junk shop, I had to abstract the junk around the edges to suggest that there is more junk beyond what you see.