Tonight is the opening night of out first preview performance of Buried Child, a revival production by Sam Shepard and directed by Magic’s Artistic Director, Loretta Greco. The theater today is buzzing with excitement as we get together all of the final touches for tonight! We are thrilled to share this work with you all.
In the mean time (while we wait for the magic to happen) our Costume Designer, Alex Jaeger and Set Designer, Andrew Boyce has shared with us a few of their Dramaturgical images that inspired the costumes and sets for the show.
Above: “Dodge’s look” played by Rod Gnapp ; Below ”Shelly’s look” played by Elaina Garrity
In the words of Set Designer Andrew Boyce:
“What I love about Shepard’s work is that I think it defines this really true, American sense of existentialism. In his writing, in the kind of conjunction between his use of specificity in his language, and in the detail of the worlds that he creates.
One thing that’s true is that the relationship of the house to the landscape is very inherent in the DNA of the play. I think people are drawn to the idea of this little house in this vast, huge space, and there’s something extraordinarily compelling and exciting about that. But, especially in this space, in the Magic, rather than focusing on the juxtaposition of the house to the landscape, another way to approach that is to try to treat the house itself as a landscape. That’s what we’re trying to do, to treat this interior of this house as a space that is a landscape in and of itself, in that it’s barren, and it’s isolated and desolate, and in that way it’s kind of reflecting the psychology of this family, and where they’re at in this place in time. It’s kind of existential in that it should feel like a no-man’s land in some way, and action and character can be isolate and individualistic and alone in a larger environment.
We want to create the sensibility that the grayness of this world extends to the exterior, that the exterior, like the mud outside, is one and the same as the interior of the house. And then there are moments when the rain stops, and the sun comes flooding in, and there’s a new breath that’s kind of infused into the world.”
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