Submission Title

A Lighting Design for The Madwoman of Chaillot

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Theatre

Description

This poster illustrates the creative process of designing lighting for Linfield Theatre’s November 2016 production of The Madwoman of Chaillot.

The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (1943) follows the antics of Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot, and her many friends in Paris as they attempt to rid the world of the corporate evils they believe have taken over. As the play unfolds, the Countess identifies the perpetrators of the evil, puts them on trial via proxy with her cohorts, and condemns them to the never-ending pit in her cellar.

The director wanted to keep the performance reasonably centered in reality, with a slight anachronistic feeling in the costume and scenic designs. To help realize these objectives I created a naturalistic lighting for the brunt of the show.

In the first act the lighting was open and airy, reflecting the sense of carnival that permeates the act. In the second act the lighting expressed the tight feeling of being confined underground in a cellar, reflecting the more somber topics the characters discuss. The poster details how these effects were created.

This project was presented at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Lighting Design Competition in Denver, Colorado.

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A Lighting Design for The Madwoman of Chaillot

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This poster illustrates the creative process of designing lighting for Linfield Theatre’s November 2016 production of The Madwoman of Chaillot.

The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux (1943) follows the antics of Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot, and her many friends in Paris as they attempt to rid the world of the corporate evils they believe have taken over. As the play unfolds, the Countess identifies the perpetrators of the evil, puts them on trial via proxy with her cohorts, and condemns them to the never-ending pit in her cellar.

The director wanted to keep the performance reasonably centered in reality, with a slight anachronistic feeling in the costume and scenic designs. To help realize these objectives I created a naturalistic lighting for the brunt of the show.

In the first act the lighting was open and airy, reflecting the sense of carnival that permeates the act. In the second act the lighting expressed the tight feeling of being confined underground in a cellar, reflecting the more somber topics the characters discuss. The poster details how these effects were created.

This project was presented at the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Lighting Design Competition in Denver, Colorado.