REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES
by Josefina Lopez
director. Mary Kroeck
scenic. Lizz Otto-Cramer | technical direction. Sarah J. Fabian
lighting. G. "Max" Maxin II | costumes. Jana Anderson
The Stage Center Theatre, Northeastern Illinois University, 2016
At Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre (CMT), teaching courses in theatrical design and technology, storytelling and puppetry. I have not assumed the hat of "technical director" in a few years, so it was exciting to get back to where I first experienced theatre hands-on -- carpentry and power tools!
A great part of NEIU's CMT program is that the students in their CMTT 339: Advanced Practicum sections learn about the magical world of technical theatre, from lighting to hair and makeup, painting to props, and the exciting realm of scenic carpentry.
For "Real Women Have Curves", the play takes place in a sewing factory. The factory is run down, has no air conditioning, and is not a nice place to work.
This production is in repertory with NEIU's Children's Theatre Workshop (CTW) production of "The Laramie Project", so the design had to be built in a way that it can be broken down into separate units and struck in order for CTW to load-in.