Submission Title

A "Prop-er" Look at Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Theatre

Description

This work represents both the design and construction process and product for equipping the stage with period-specific properties for the Linfield Theatre's production of Jeffrey Hatcher's play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The design team tried to capture the underbelly of Victorian society by approaching the production through an Expressionistic and Selectively Realistic lens. Research began by looking at real furniture and properties from the time period from which we then selected only a couple pieces of furniture and props to best represent each location. Although Victoriana is known for its controlled clutter, we decided to be selectively realistic in the way that each scene was initially set. However, as the play went on, the different locations began to collide, and as the play progressed the settings even overlapped one another until we achieved that Victorian clutter. In terms of Expressionism, the properties and furniture designs had to fit into an off-kilter world created by the lighting effects, sound design, and some of the architectural units. This display highlights the props I created and demonstrates how they fit into the world of the play. For this production, I received the Society of Properties Artisan Masters (SPAM) Award for Excellence in Properties Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region VII) held in Eugene, Oregon in February 2019.

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A "Prop-er" Look at Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

This work represents both the design and construction process and product for equipping the stage with period-specific properties for the Linfield Theatre's production of Jeffrey Hatcher's play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The design team tried to capture the underbelly of Victorian society by approaching the production through an Expressionistic and Selectively Realistic lens. Research began by looking at real furniture and properties from the time period from which we then selected only a couple pieces of furniture and props to best represent each location. Although Victoriana is known for its controlled clutter, we decided to be selectively realistic in the way that each scene was initially set. However, as the play went on, the different locations began to collide, and as the play progressed the settings even overlapped one another until we achieved that Victorian clutter. In terms of Expressionism, the properties and furniture designs had to fit into an off-kilter world created by the lighting effects, sound design, and some of the architectural units. This display highlights the props I created and demonstrates how they fit into the world of the play. For this production, I received the Society of Properties Artisan Masters (SPAM) Award for Excellence in Properties Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region VII) held in Eugene, Oregon in February 2019.