October 2, 1997 |
The temperature hit 103 Tuesday for the visit of the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Princess Anne, who valiantly wore black gloves to the Herberger Theater, despite the heat. Air conditioning made the theater comfortable enough for the dressy crowd gathered to launch the local UK/AZ Festival. But the action onstage was sizzling almost as much as the weather outside. Director Sam Mendes, making his U.S. debut, staged an "Othello" with a semi-tropical quality.
August 24, 1997 |
Designer Karen TenEyck may create magical, and often massive, sets for both theater and opera, but when it comes to her working philosophy, she's surprisingly concise. The artist is a firm believer in less is more. "I always try to have the least amount of things onstage that I can to say what needs to be said," explains the New York-based designer, during a recent conversation at South Coast Repertory, where she's creating a set for George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," opening Sept. 5.
August 6, 1997 |
Designer Tony Walton is up on a ladder hanging a framed sketch of Nicol Williamson dressed as Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. "Hand me George C. Scott," he calls to an assistant. "Hand me Lillian Gish." Scott, Williamson and Gish all wore costumes by Walton when they appeared on his set for Mike Nichols' 1973 Broadway production of "Uncle Vanya."
August 1, 1997
Patrick James McFadden Jr., 59, award-winning set designer in Southern California theater. McFadden earned a Drama Critics Award for best set design for his work on "Picnic" produced at the Met Theater, and his work was rated by a Times reviewer as "superb, handsome and versatile." McFadden also designed sets for the Met Theater for the productions of "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Curse of the Starving Class" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
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November 2, 1996
The Social and Public Art Resource Center is sponsoring the first of a series of studio workshops Saturday on designing a Korean-style garden in Ardmore Park. The garden will surround a cultural monument: a large sculpture of four folding screens, which will be built as part of the "Cultural Explainers: Portals, Bridges and Gateways," a project of the arts organization.
July 7, 1996 |
A giant clock hangs high above the kerchief-covered heads of young women slaving away at factory looms, ticking away the final moments of toil. Within a few beats, the workday is done and the captives spill out and make their way to a fairground. To the strains of the "Carousel Waltz," the scene fills with barkers and townspeople shedding their reserve as they lose themselves in the whirl of the spring carnival.
May 16, 1996 |
There's plenty of fine acting in "The Miracle Worker," which moves this week from the Santa Paula Theater Center to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. But much of the production's effectiveness comes from its set: a sturdy cutaway two-story house, with several distinct areas for the action to take place. It's the work of Jeff Rack, who has been designing for the Santa Paula group and other local companies for the past decade.
February 3, 1996
Leonor Fini, 87, an artist who created paintings, posters and sets for the Paris Opera and costumes for the Comedie Francaise. Born in Buenos Aires of Italian parents, Fini worked primarily in Paris and had several one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Rome, London and New York. In addition to her work for the Parisian stage, she also designed sets and costumes for La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy, a city where she lived as a child.
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January 23, 1996
Raul Rodriguez, one of the world's foremost designers of parade floats, has been honored with a resolution by the Los Angeles City Council for his work, which Councilman Richard Alatorre said "has brought joy and smiles to millions of people." Rodriguez, a native of Boyle Heights, is the most honored float designer in the history of the Rose Parade. In this year's parade alone, he designed 16 of the 52 floats, 11 of which won awards.