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Cendrillon

MFA Thesis Project

Perhaps the most arresting and archetypal transformation in any fable is that of the cinder-girl, whose inner radiance is magnified by maternal kindness. In my design, Lucette is a princess of ashes and spiderwebs, who goes to the Ball robed in maternal love and moonlight.  And the Prince, like the Godmother, recognizes Lucette for who she is and for what he sees within her. 

 

Gloria

Jack Crystal Theater, NYC

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Doug Hughes

Tragedy. Tensions brew and escalate among coworkers as ambitions and insecurities come to rise. Eruption as Gloria perpetrates a mass shooting in her own office.

 

Tragedy becomes Culture. Survivors Dean and Kendra scheme to monetize their trauma through competing book deals.

 

Culture becomes violence. The revelation that a TV series about Gloria is in the works reveals California to be as much of a rat race as New York. American media culture thrives on a casual relationship with death and violence.

The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.
The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.

Director: Doug Hughes

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The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.
The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.

Director: Doug Hughes

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Fabrication process for "designer" handbag - acetate stencil and leather paint on thrifted bag.
Fabrication process for "designer" handbag - acetate stencil and leather paint on thrifted bag.

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The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.
The Midtown office of a magazine. New York City. Spring.

Director: Doug Hughes

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Machinal
Machinal

Directed by Maggie Lally / Lighting Design by Debra Dumas / Scenic Design by Polina Minchuk

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Business
Business

Directed by Maggie Lally / Lighting Design by Debra Dumas / Scenic Design by Polina Minchuk

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Condemned
Condemned

Directed by Maggie Lally / Lighting Design by Debra Dumas / Scenic Design by Polina Minchuk

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Machinal
Machinal

Directed by Maggie Lally / Lighting Design by Debra Dumas / Scenic Design by Polina Minchuk

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Machinal

Olmsted Theater, Adelphi University

(Alumna Guest Designer)

Directed by Maggie Lally

Sophie Treadwell wrote Machinal as a reaction to the story of  Ruth Snyder, who became the first woman to be executed by electric chair in the United States after murdering her husband in 1927. Our all-women design team sought to focus on what happens to a woman's voice in a world where the forces of technology, industry, and patriarchal influence are overwhelming. 

All empty hopes resigning, for you there shines no cheerful ray; what use is your repining?
All empty hopes resigning, for you there shines no cheerful ray; what use is your repining?

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Make every tear of dewy night show like a gem of purest light!
Make every tear of dewy night show like a gem of purest light!

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Would I to health restore you, I bring this bleeding heart to you!
Would I to health restore you, I bring this bleeding heart to you!

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All empty hopes resigning, for you there shines no cheerful ray; what use is your repining?
All empty hopes resigning, for you there shines no cheerful ray; what use is your repining?

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God is a Verb

Actors' Fund Art Center, Brooklyn

by Gavin Broady

Directed by Chad Lindsey

"In 1969, an eccentric professor gathers a team of offbeat academics to play a game with one goal: make the world work for all humanity. What unfolds tears spacetime as we are whisked from a beatnik cafe to a treetop congressional hearing and back by way of a university telephone. As the clock ticks, the lines blur between the game and the real world and we wonder if we've detached from reality altogether." 

The World Game is played in an attempt to perfectly distribute the Earth's resources.
The World Game is played in an attempt to perfectly distribute the Earth's resources.

Directed by Chad Lindsey / Scenic Design by Ryan Howell / Lighting Design by Christopher Weston / Projection Design by Weston Wetzel / Photo by Mitch Dean

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Hugo in the Dome
Hugo in the Dome

Directed by Chad Lindsey / Scenic Design by Ryan Howell / Lighting Design by Christopher Weston / Projection Design by Weston Wetzel / Photo by Mitch Dean

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Hugo, Ida, and Skip plan mutiny
Hugo, Ida, and Skip plan mutiny

Directed by Chad Lindsey / Scenic Design by Ryan Howell / Lighting Design by Christopher Weston / Projection Design by Weston Wetzel / Photo by Mitch Dean

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The World Game is played in an attempt to perfectly distribute the Earth's resources.
The World Game is played in an attempt to perfectly distribute the Earth's resources.

Directed by Chad Lindsey / Scenic Design by Ryan Howell / Lighting Design by Christopher Weston / Projection Design by Weston Wetzel / Photo by Mitch Dean

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Mattie Ross arrives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Mattie Ross arrives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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The townspeople of Fort Smith.
The townspeople of Fort Smith.

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Epilogue:
Epilogue:

Twenty-five years later, Mattie seeks out Rooster but learns he has died, troubled by his dark past.

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Mattie Ross arrives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Mattie Ross arrives in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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True Grit

MFA Class Project

“People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange at the time, although I will say it did not happen every day.”