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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Behind the Scenic Design of Dial M for Murder

Welcome to The Wendice Flat. Grab a drink, get comfortable, and let’s talk about MURDER.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Finding Herself: Why Jane Eyre is More Than Just a Love Story

Jane Eyre is widely recognized as one of the greatest romance novels ever written. Since the time of its publication it has entered mainstream media, quickly becoming one of the most frequently adapted novels of all time. In the vast majority of adaptations, the emphasis is placed on the fraught courtship of Jane by her employer, Edward Fairfax Rochester. Although this is arguably the central relationship in the novel, it’s interesting to note that it only encompasses about half of the actual text.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Creating the Food in The Nerd

Most of the food being used in The Nerd is the real deal. This show takes place in the 80’s, and the food needed for the production is commonplace, like bean salad or Chex mix. Since the actors are eating a lot of food in the show, we prefer to use the real thing as opposed to a prop stand in.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Creating Costumes from someone’s personal life

As the costume designer for the theatrical presentation Pictures from Home, my approach is primarily through the characters. But with the artist, the father and the mother’s multiple points of view: how can I honor them all? How can I suggest the intentional ambiguities that Sultan presents?

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Sounds of Chekhov: Insights from Tony Award-winning Little Comedies Sound Designer, Scott Lehrer

Very often the first question audiences have upon walking into a Richard Nelson production is, “what’s up with all those hanging microphones?”

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Behind the Scenic Design of Agatha Christie’s THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD with Klara Zieglerova

Hear from Scenic Designer Klara Zieglerova about the set of Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

The Art of Mystery: Set Design and Atmosphere in Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Q&A with Scenic Designer

We chatted with Klara Zieglerova, our scenic designer for our upcoming Summer Chills production of, Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

The Artistry of Backdrops: A Scenic Artist’s Perspective on the Spectacular Backdrop in Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

This is an exciting time for backdrops at Alley Theatre. The last three shows, including Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, have all included hand-painted backdrops.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Unmasking the Laughter: The Importance of Commedia dell’arte Masks

In the uproarious world of The Servant of Two Masters, the iconic commedia dell'arte masks take center stage, adding a unique layer of charm and character. The masks worn in the Alley’s production by Pantalone de'Bisognosi, Dottore Lombardi, Brighella, and Truffaldino are beautifully hand-crafted from wood and leather by the talented Antonio Fava.