Title

The Wolves

Production

The Wolves

Playwright

Sarah DeLappe

Production Team

Director: Mary Beth Easley

Stage Manager: Jennifer Sandgathe

Scenic Design: Bryon Winn

Costume Design: Zamora Simmons

Lighting Design: Will Borich

Sound Design: Mark Bruckner

Theatre

David Thayer Theatre

Production Type

Main Stage

Date

Spring 2019

Budget for this Design Area

$120

Comments by the Designer

The Wolves is about a team of teenage girls on an intermural soccer team in the Midwest that takes place over a period of six weeks, during their fifteen minute warm-up period before each weekly match. The characters all have the comradery that comes with being on the same team as one another and working together to defeat their opponents. Our goal as an artistic team was to show how these characters could be any group of individuals, involved in any collaborative activity, in any location. All humans undergo the internal struggles of conformity versus individualism, and this story is presented in a slice of life manner that makes it able to relate to the audience no matter who they are.

The primary purpose of the lighting was to create a full even wash of the space, so that every character could be seen at all times to emulate an indoor soccer field. This allowed the individuality of the characters to be represented in the accessories of the costumes, as well as to portray the space being a neutral territory that is used by other soccer teams throughout the week. During scene transitions between the weekly matches, I used an animated wash of light that swept across the green turf field to represent a passage of time in-between the weeks. This light was choreographed with the actors’ movements between each scene to keep the tempo and pace of the action fluid and constantly moving forward. Overall, I designed The Wolves so that the set would emulate the intense environment of a sports arena, while also not being so visually dominant as to avoid upstaging the actors and costumes.

While the production was a success in all aspects, lighting-wise there were a few ways that I could have achieved the same end-result while also using less labor and resources. At the beginning of technical rehearsals, I utilized a lot of light that would hit the performers from diagonal angles. While this achieved the atmosphere that I desired, due to the audience being seated on opposite sides of the stage, this meant that the audience could also be seen, thus taking attention away from the performance. To alleviate this issue, I drastically reduced the amount of diagonal light and utilized more side light that would not hit the audience.

Student Type

MFA

Rights

Copyright 2019 William Borich

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