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My production of PROOF

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    Default My production of PROOF

    Hi folks,

    Well, tonight was supposed to be our final performance of PROOF by David Auburn; however, during the third scene the power was knocked out by a lightning strike. So, I had to call the show off and get 300+ people out of the dark theatre. So, tomorrow, we will do a free matinée for all the people who return to see the play. Crazy. This has never happened before. I never realized that the theatre where I work does not have any emergency lighting. After I return from NYC next week, that will be my first project. We used cell phones to help people from their seats to the doors. It was fun for my students though. They are excited that they do not have to take the set apart tonight.

    I am attaching a few photos of the show so you can get a look at some of my work I do outside of the forum. I am the set and light designer for the production. Anyway, I hope you like the shots.


    This is a shot of the set. It is a two story brick home in Chicago in 1992.



    This is Kristina and Jeff playing (Catherine and Hal). Krissy is a junior and Jeff is a freshman theatre major.



    This is another shot of the set from another angle.



    This is the opening sequence where Cathrine is dreaming about her dead father. He was a math professor and genius who went crazy before dying of heart failure. The projected 'proofs' are used to help the audience know that there is something strange going on in this scene. When the character of Robert, played by my student Christopher, says that he is dead, the equations become much brighter as she becomes aware of her dream and wonders if she too is crazy (like her father.)

    The stage is 40 feet wide and 50 feet deep. The set itself is 20 feet tall. (Two story home). The tree is actually a tree limb that we hot glued leaves onto to help it look like fall. We collected all of the leaves for the production back in late November of last semester. The yard is a raked platform that is covered with carpet. Then the carpet has about a ton of earth spread upon it. The stones are all hand carved and painted. They are actually made of foam. The bricks are all stenciled onto the walls. They are mostly cat litter, glue, and paint. LOL.

    I hope you enjoyed looking. If you want to see more of my design work, go to Production Photos and click on the names of the shows. A flash pop up will give you a slide show. The shows The Spitfire Grill, Quilters, Blithe Spirit, and Nunsense were all directed and designed by me. I did most of the other sets as well. One of my favorite designs is of Dancing at Lughnasa I did the production design for this play (Sets, lights, and costumes). Anyway, enjoy.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    BD,
    Great job!!! I just came back from NYC and saw Spring Awakenings. Your sets look much better than S.A.'s set
    I hope you enjoy the shows you have scheduled to see when in NYC next week

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    Great Job BD !!!! Looks like Broadway, sorry you had a power outage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TutoPeru View Post
    BD,
    Great job!!! I just came back from NYC and saw Spring Awakenings. Your sets look much better than S.A.'s set
    I hope you enjoy the shows you have scheduled to see when in NYC next week
    Thanks so much! I am so looking forward to the trip. I cannot wait to meet folks at the orchid show. I have been looking forward to this trip for a long time now. I am very excited. I was just checking out the hotel to make sure I have internet - -lol! And I do, so that is cool!

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Bruce, I am so impressed by your work! Wow. It sounds like a tremendous amount of planning and physical labor to get those sets to look so convincing. It is truly beautiful work; you are very talented.

    I was fascinated by the movie version of Proof. I can't imagine how it would be done on a stage! How creative.

    I'm glad you thought to share with us!

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    The PROOF set piece looks amazing!
    I followed the link and had a glimpse at your other works. They look great as well. Thanks for sharing!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    The PROOF set is awsome! I would have thought those are real bricks and stones. Looks like a real house to me. Excellent work

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    That looks fantastic BD, well done you!

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    Nice---Good job. (sorry to hear about the power outage though...)

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    Incredible job, Bruce! I think the power has to go out on everyone now and then, just to keep us in line, LOL! That will make the matinee all the more memorable!

    Your set is incredible. But you know if you give a mouse a cookie, it'll want a glass of milk... We'll be expecting to see all of your future productions!

    McJulie

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