I am currently designing Disaster! The Musical. This show has a lot of movement, we have over 30 set changes. I am very carefully going through each scene to see what needs to be created and what we can repurpose in other scenes. I'm also thinking about how effortless this needs to be at the same time.
I have been using the iPad Pro to help me with the art concepts. Below is a number called Saturday Night.
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Enjoy this interview with the architect and set designer David Rockwell.
Well, it looks like I am helping a friend with one of her set designs as her assistant. I am taking her concept pictures and turning them into workable drawings so the show can get built. The show is Harvey at Water Tower Theater in Addison, Texas. Click here to get your tickets!
About the Play
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Elwood P. Dowd – a polite man with a very strange best friend. Elwood’s sister, Veta, is concerned her brother’s friend will interfere with her life as a socialite. And who can blame her! Elwood’s friend is a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch invisible rabbit named Harvey. To avoid future embarrassment, Veta attempts to have Elwood committed, but after her frantic recount of her brother’s condition she finds herself mistakenly committed instead. The truth quickly reveals itself, and the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. But Elwood and Harvey’s influence on more than one of the doctors leads Veta to realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
So it looks like I'm going to be designing Disaster! The Musical at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas in Dallas in the spring of 2020. Take a look at the broadway production below to get an idea of what this silly show has instore.
Check out these fun, behind the scenes videos for Boeing Boeing now play at the Irving Arts Center. Visit www.irvingartscenter.com to get your tickets.
Well it looks like I am almost done with my set design for Boeing Boeing. Today I am painting a 7'-4' reproduction of a Picasso. In order for this to read as a painting off stage I had to alter the design and exaggerate the brush strokes. Some audience members will see this about sixty feet away.
Working on a design for the theatre or on a film makes you think about a ton of decisions that need to be thought out. Take a behind the scenes at what goes through a designers mind.
I am working on the show Bowing Boeing yet again! This will mark the third time I have worked on this production. The first time was the assistant to the set designer, the second was set designer for a college, and now again set designer for a local company.
What's interesting is how different they look based on the space. At the college we were in a small studio space that sat about 85 people. The finishing details had to be spot on as the audience was practically sitting in the living room with the characters.
This new production will be performed in a larger proscenium space with 300 seats. My new design is needs to fill up the space while looking a little more presentational. Below is a model of the show. Come back and see how the finished product will look once installed.
Boeing Boeing Model for Main Stage Irving Las Colinas
I love the Disney Parks! I've been to all of the ones in the United States this year. My favorite park is actually the original because I find it to be the most detailed out of all the parks, yes it's more detailed than the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. Check out the video below and take a tour of the ultimate Disneyland back yard!
The other week I meet a legendary designer, a designer I've always wanted to meet. Carleton Varney, one of America's best-known interior designers is president of Dorthy Draper & Company , the oldest established interior design firm in the United States. He is associated with the restoration of countless hotels and resorts all over the world. The author of over 34 books on design and decorating, he continues the tradition of Dorthy Draper by being associated with the use of bold and vibrant colors.
I had the chance to show him pictures of a set design I based off of a hotel Dorthy Draper designed, Pillow Talk (the play version of the Doris Day and Rock Hudson movie). To my surprise he loved the design and said I captured the look very well and he gave me his blessings. I was over the moon!
Carleton Varney and Joseph Cummings
The left is my design for Pillow Talk and to the right is the Dorthy Draper design. You can see the influence, bold colors and fabrics with vintage furniture. This was a special day for me! Thank you Mr. Varney for being gracious and kind!
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