Andrew took a break from Fool for Love tech to speak with us about designing worlds and creating community.
How did you get into set and costume design?
I had an epiphany midway through college that people actually make these wonderful things I had seen on stage. They actually create the environments, the clothes, the aesthetic. From loving film, I realized that these people have points of view that influence the look, the story, etc. And I got really excited about participating in creating or conceiving these superficial, ephemeral, stylized worlds. I loved the idea of doing research. Of re-creation. That the artistic impulses and work came from somewhere - the text and actors. I got the bug.
If you could do something completely different for a career, what would it be?
If I could do something different? I'd probably be a surgeon (I love working with my hands, and helping people), a journalist/editor (I love writing and am very curious), or a large-format sculptor or painter.
Shepard incorporates both fantasy and reality in his plays -- how does your design grapple with these different demands? Or does it?
My work for Fool For Love grapples with fantasy and reality by forcing the actors to behave and treat one another hyper-realistically in a somewhat abstract, emotionally resonant environment. This allows the words and action, and the relationships established by those words and actions, to be the primary focus at all times. It is entirely about the actors and Shepard's text.
Do you remember your first experience at the theater? What was the show?
My first memory of going to the theater was when my family and I caught an impromptu matinee of Les Misérables years ago while it was on tour. We got seats in the 2nd row, and I was enraptured. It completely caught my imagination.
What other shows have you designed for Magic? Any favorites, or favorite moments?
I've designed quite a few shows for Magic: Buried Child, Annapurna, Se Llama Cristina, to name a few. But I think The Lily's Revenge stands out as a favorite. Mainly because The Lily's Revenge truly embodied all of what I love and believe about theater. It's political, spontaneous, engaged with it's audience. The storytelling is diverse and eclectic and asks everyone to think and to use their imaginations. And it brought together and created community in widest and wildest of ways.