Scenic artistry and set decorating help build the world of a production and reinforce the themes woven into the plot of a script. For my project, I will be exploring the world of Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.” This will include researching the historical context of the piece, which in this case is New York City at the turn of the century, alongside the role of the seamstress in society, in order to accurately convey the environment of this piece. Lynn Nottage’s piece is based in socioeconomic statuses, attitudes on race and femininity as well as women’s rights movements. Therefore, I will also study these subjects to provide a significant foundation for themes that will be reflected in my designs. In addition, this thesis will investigate specific painting techniques and resources available for set decorating in a show that offers challenges in creating a rich environment on stage. Other productions will be utilized as research and inspiration, but ultimately I am seeking to create a new experience of the show that use silhouettes and shapes mirroring women’s bodies or using patterns found in historical lingerie pieces to reflect the inherent sexuality of the show. My research is intended to reinforce the idea that scenic elements should build upon the themes and ideas already established within a text. Painting techniques should develop a set and solve challenges based on these rich environments. I will be practically applying real life design and decoration skills to an educational, research-based project.
Parish, Megan, "Inside the Boudoir: Designing the World of Lynn Nottage’sIntimate Apparel" (2014). Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters. 25.