The set of a play is more than just the background for the action. In a black-box space like ours with no curtain, it's the first thing that an audience member knows about the play; it sets the tone and can lay down thematic foundations for the production. Let's take a deep dive into what the Sister Cities set is telling us. (SPOILERS ahead on a significant plot point.)
Like music, clothing is a good way to subtly clue in an audience about the time frame of a play. Producer Nicole sat down with Caroline, KWLT's costumes manager and the costumer for Sister Cities, and talked about the process of costuming a show as well as the challenges inherent in a period piece where the period is well within living memory.
Part of director Adrienne Dandy's process for her upcoming show Sister Cities was getting into the characters' heads through their musical tastes. Here are some of her thoughts on the role of music in the production.
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