Sunday, June 17, 2007

sampaguita part II

after the first show back in March, we continued work with Sampaguita.
the goals were to show in a theater near Broadway, with a real set, as a real play, not a workshop [as the first play had been].
i took this project on not really knowing the time i would be putting into it.
but it turned out being a great experience, and i treasure my time spent with the everyone involved.

the 45th Street Theater is the venue.
seriously blocks away from Broadway, right down the street from the theater showing 'Curtains', this was an ideal location for Sampaguita Part II.
you can see the poster, which was designed by a colleague of the director's. phenomenal design. the color scheme of the set was very much based on this.

now you must understand that the set had 2 phases. the beginning of the play, act 1.

with the storyline, we enter into an apartment of a man recently widowed. this is the living room area of a loft apartment in SoHo, in the lower part of Manahattan. on the left you can see part of the kitchen/dining area. behind these areas are three fabric walls, creating a doorway into the bathroom/bedroom areas, which are not meant to be seen by the audience.

the dining/kitchen area.

fabric walls. to the left the bathroom, to the right the bedroom. this also created a changing area/backstage for the actors.

as the play moves on, the apartment gets cleaner and cleaner, as we transition from past to present to past again. the main plot line shows two time periods, moving from a present to a past memory. this was depicted using different lighting. it was quite fascinating to watch.

act two set, with lighting set to flashbacks.


thus ends one of the busiest weeks i've had since i graduated from college. i don't know if i'll pick up another set design project in the near future. it was very stressful, but to see the end result is so satisfying. a feeling that nothing but a finished project that i'm proud of can bring.


Ginnie said...

Because you were so stressed, Lesley, I'm glad this is behind you. But I am thrilled that you have an outlet like this for your incredible creative energy!

You rock!

Ruth said...

The colors are so nice, and so Lesley! The couch is adorable. Did you pick it out with the playwright?

This makes my imagination go wild. It is a thrill to know what can transpire on stage with the right elements, brining the audience along. There is no end to the possibilities.

Thank you for taking pictures and showing us! As Aunt Boots said, I'm glad it's behind you because of the time and energy it took. But I'm so tickled that you did it and participated the way you did.

I love you!

Rauf said...

Stress or no stress, did you enjoy it Lesley ?

Ruth says colours are nice
i say colours are nice
Ruth can name the colours
i cannot.
i know only one thing Lesley, it looks beautiful, even with the trash around

Ruth said...

Ha! to rauf. I planted a flower called lantana, it has yellow and pink together, like your stage. You can see one here at this very long URL:,GGLG:2005-49,GGLG:en

Ruth said...

URL didn't work. I'll send you a photo of mine, sweet girl.

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lesleyanne said...

thank you aunt boots! it was a great creative outlet, yes.

lesleyanne said...

mommy! long time no respond! thank you for everything, yes, the colors i actually chose with the playwright and the director. the stage is an amazing thing. there are so many possibilities, architecturally, texturally. i am very glad that i did it, despite the stress and weight of it.
i love you!

lesleyanne said...

and thank you Rauf! yes, the beginning of the play was interesting, with all the trash. but it gets cleaned up and you can see it for what it truly is.
thank you for visiting, as always.

lesleyanne said...

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and will definitely keep you informed. thank you!