The Beauty of Venice and its Influence on The Servant of Two Masters 

By Caroline Austin

Michael Locher
Michael Locher, Scenic Designer & Alley Theatre’s Director of Design

Venice, the enchanting city of canals and structural marvels, inspired many artists, writers, and theater-makers. Its unique beauty and romantic aesthetic provide a captivating backdrop for storytelling. Venice’s charm and atmosphere transport audiences to the world of The Servant of Two Masters.

The essence of Venice comes alive through the set design, costumes, and the overall ambiance of the production. The intricate canal systems, the grandeur of St. Mark’s Square, and the hand-crafted masks immerse the audience into the city of Venice.

Venice has a rich culture and historical significance. This aligns with the themes of the production. The city has a reputation as a bustling hub of commerce. This makes it the perfect backdrop for the play’s focus on mistaken identities and secret deals.

“Venice is a delightful layer cake of influences: classic Venetian architecture combines gothic Italian style with ideas from Spain, Byzantium, the Ottomans, and more,” shares Alley Theatre Director of Design and Scenic Designer Michael Locher. “It’s full of surprises and playful beauty. To a designer who loves juxtapositions, the city of Venice feels gift-wrapped for the stage!”

Venice is just as much a character in our production as any other role. Don’t miss Michael Locher’s design of Venice in The Servant of Two Masters, running until July 2nd!