Friday, November 14, 2014

Scene Shop Branches Beyond The Stage

Deirdre O'Connell and John Bolger in Lips Together, Teeth Apart
photo by T. Charles Erickson, design by R. Michael Miller
Providing the perfect settings for our actors to do their best work is a hallmark of a George Street Playhouse production.  Actors and audiences alike are struck by the wonderful craftsmanship and the sheer beauty of our sets.

 I have been on staff at the Playhouse for over 14 years now, and two of the most memorable sets during my time here are the set for Talley’s Folly, the beautiful Victorian boathouse designed by Ted Simpson, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, designed by R. Michael Miller, a long-time Rutgers faculty member and a frequent contributor to the beauty that sits on our stage. 

Michael’s set for Lips Together… was a Fire Island beach house, complete with running outdoor shower, beautiful bedrooms – and an in-ground pool!  We staff members were drawing lots to be able to spend the night, it was so beautiful.  Michael also designed the sets for the first two shows of our current season, taking us to the Midlands of Ireland in Outside Mullingar, to the middle-American basement of The Fabulous Lipitones.

What you may not know, is George Street Playhouse has a Theatrical Scene Shop where these wonders are created and built. Dozens of skilled artisans handcraft every detail of every set.  And their talents are not just confined to the George Street stage.  Our Shop has built sets for Paper Mill Playhouse and Hunter College, as well as the recent production of Joe DiPietro’s Clever Little Lies at the John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall.  Jim Youmans, who designed numerous Broadway sets and is a frequent designer at GSP, said, “they know how to deliver exceptional quality.” 

Our unique roster of creative designers, skilled artisans and project managers ensure that every detail of every build meets or exceeds expectations, developing solutions to fit any budget while delivering maximum impact.

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