Baltimore, by Kirsten Greenridge begins with a racially derogative picture being discovered on the white board hanging from a dorm room door. Following this, the dorm’s resident advisor is forced to deal with the problem. Her uncomfortableness with the issue takes over and she is forced to deal with having a conversation she doesn’t want to have or watch the anger and distrust of her dorm residents consume them.
From the onset, the team behind Baltimore wanted this to be statement piece addressing the fact that people do not deal with issues when confronted. This script deals a lot with the absence of dialogue that is happening specifically focusing on race issues on college campuses. Knowing that we wanted Baltimore to make a statement, I designed it more like an interactive installation piece. Using empty chairs stacked onstage and hung throughout the space to symbolize the absence of dialogue and human interaction as well as a large, angled mirror wall to challenge the way the audience would look at the actors, the projections on stage as well as themselves were the main focus of this design. Actors never left the stage but sat on the far left and right observing the action in front of them. Specific locations and times during the day were indicated by an overhead projector and then each actor would enter the playing space which was defined by the white board from the door which doubled as a projection surface.
Copyright 2016 Nic Wilson