Falls for Jodie was a new script written by Eric Holmes about John Hinkley Jr. at a time just prior to his failed assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. The play takes place in a single hotel room in New Haven, Connecticut where Hinkley has taken up residence in order to be closer to Jodie Foster. Throughout the course of the play the audience witnesses Hinkley leaving and returning to this room, recounting his attempts to get Foster’s attention to a bellhop that has befriended Hinkley. The play unfolds as the obsession for Jodie Foster continues to build until the closing moments in which Hinkley departs from the hotel with plans on assassinating Reagan.
This design for me was an experiment in minimalism. My goal was to determine if a hotel room that would be from the mid to late 1970s be accurately portrayed onstage without all the set dressings and three walls that make up a traditional, realistic box set. In order to try and achieve this look, I spent the focus of the design in the paint treatment of the floor as well as finding dated, more period, furnishings from the prop warehouse. The floor treatment, coloring and pattern were all inspired by looking at linoleum floors from the 1970s. As furniture stock could be limited to in-house items, I used this chance to make the floor to really establish a sense of where we were in time.
Falls for Jodie
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