THE LITTLE FOXES
by Lillian Hellman
director. JERRELL L. HENDERSON | scenic & properties design, technical direction. SARAH JHP WATKINS
costumes. CAITLIN McLEOD | lighting. MAYA FEIN | sound. KEVIN O'DONNELL
venue | Wallis Theatre, Northwestern University
I was invited back to Northwestern University as a guest designer in 2014 because they were short on scenic designers.
In Year Two of the MFA Stage Design Program, the 2nd year cohort of designer and directing students take a collaboration course in the fall quarter that results in three separate fully-stage productions in the Wallis Theatre, a black box thrust space. The purpose of this class is to mimic the storefront experience of Chicago -- a $1,000.00 budget (for design elements, marketing, etc.), and the students who take the course are responsible for executing all the elements of the production. In this situation, the scenic designer is responsible for: the scenic design, all properties and set dressing, scenic painting, and the build of the design.
The large scenic unit that I designed and built was the grand staircase of the Giddens' home.