Designer Q&A

Costume Designer (Kobay Nao)

What has inspired you and/or your work for this show?
The first inspiration starts from the silence between lines, when I had a design meeting with the director at the beginning.  Second, inspirational brainstorming with designers supported the continuous creative process. Third, seeing and sketching each actors’ body and trying to grasp their aliveness.

The first time you read the script, was there anything you immediately envisioned?
The vast landscapes and horizons in surrealism paintings. In the script I found parts that I could not understand, and felt as if a beautiful void embracing something precious.

What do you find is different about working on an abstract/Dadaist show such as this one versus a realistic show?
For costume design, I did not find strong difference.  In either case I need to research facts, and make sure that my design decision is based on logical reasons.

Lead Music Composer (Thomas Torres)

Why did you choose to work on Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights?
Peter Cirino (the director) asked me to write music for the show.

What has inspired you and/or your work for this show?
For this show I am inspired by Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” album, as well as any Ween album, as well as the “EarthBound” soundtrack.

The first time you read the script, was there anything you immediately envisioned?
No.

What do you find is different about working on an abstract/Dadaist show such as this one versus a realistic show?
I wouldn’t really call this work dadaist, well, not the way I see it. As for the show itself it has a plot, characters, and it has lines that make sense in the long run. Especially if you pay attention to the lines themselves. So it’s not completely different than a realistic show would be. It would be completely different if you were to replace all of the actors lines with different noises representing speech and then replace the music with nature sounds filtered through a phaser and delay echo. Or have most of the actors preform hanging upside down the entire show. Now that’s abstract. In any case I’m still making music that fits with the tone of the show. Which is as realistic as you can get.

Choreographer (Jess Humphrey)

The first time you read the script, was there anything you immediately envisioned?
The first time I read the script I imagined the blue light. The blue light that is the nature of computers and how unhealthy it is. I imagined the electric light and how it’s different from the sun, electric light and how it’s happening during hours when the sun is not up. As animals we are such sensitive, biological organisms. We’re exposing our eyes to light when there shouldn’t be anything.

What has inspired you and/or your work for this show?
Honestly, I’ve been responding more to decisions that have been already made other than anything else. However, I’ve wanted to work on a play for awhile. Gertrude Stein’s script is open to such interpretation, I can mess with the lines which gives me a lot freedom. I’m really inspired by Pleasure Fix and their music, they’re playing live and that’s huge for this production. Amid the cacophony of this show I’m trying to create the quiet moments. These moments are so important to what the world needs.

What do you find is different about working on an abstract/Dadaist show such as this one versus a realistic show?
I haven’t worked with theatre with a realistic representation before so for me it’s not different. “Realistic,” here has a different meaning: do we show who we are as human beings? I primarily work in a paradigm that allows people to imagine, that doesn’t force the audience to hold to the story. Typical audiences have the pressure to “get it.” That pressure alienates the audience. This kind of open work give the audience more credit more agency (ability, power to make choice), it gives them a context to how the way the seeing the world affected by the performance.

Videographer (Chelsea Best)

Why did you choose to work on Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights?
I joined the crew of Faustus to learn more about live theatre along with visually creating content for the show.

What has inspired you and/or your work for this show?
I have learned to create more abstract visuals along with a ton of new theatre and technical terms.

The first time you read the script, was there anything you immediately envisioned?
When I originally read through the script I was confused as to what I had read, however it still sparked ideas for the show such as imagery of light versus darkness.

What do you find is different about working on an abstract/Dadaist show such as this one versus a realistic show?
I feel like it was a overall better experience. Being such an abstract piece when it comes to video and projections, there were really no limits when it came to creating content.

Lighting Designer (Chad Shelton)

“What brought me to the program at San Diego State was their dedication to keeping their equipment and practices up to date with what is happening in the lighting industry. The professors and staff work around San Diego and all over the country. So they have a level of experience I felt could be really beneficial.

As for how I got into lighting design, to be honest I just kind of fell into it. I began my undergrad as a history major, then a computer engineering major (which I was awful at by the way). A friend of mine was doing lighting design for the theatre program at Southern Illinois University, where I was attending. He told me what he did, and I thought it sounded pretty cool. So I figured, what the heck, why not? It became the driving force in my life, and six years later, here I am. I have provided lighting for theatre, concerts, night clubs, weddings, fashion shows, the list goes on. I’m really excited to see where it takes me from here.”

 

Advertisements