The Learned Ladies - Set

Design for Utah State Universities 2013 production of The Learned Ladies.


Utah State University 2013
 
Directed by: Leslie Brott
Set by: Spencer Potter
Costumes by: Nancy Hills
Lights by: Bruce Duerden
 
For The Learned Ladies, I felt it was important to clearly show this is Philaminte's house, the overbearing mother who has taken the house over from her husband and family and turned it into a dubious intellectual salon. Philaminte is all about rules and is very stern and sharp. The director wanted to set the show during the Art Deco period, which lent itself nicely to sharp angles and strong geometry. Most of the characters in the play are caught up in appearing smart, and are thus the epitome of pedantry. I also wanted the space to have a pedantic energy. Thus in addition to sharp angles, I wanted to use lots of zig-zags and odd angles to convey the absurdity of the characters and the off kilter humor of the play.
 
Initial concept sketch
Initial concept model. Changes were made to accommodate blocking and time constraints.
3/8in full color model
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