Read: chapter four and skeleton crew play
Watch: American Theatre – Scenic Design Video:

Choose how you’d like to show your work. I will allow you to screen share so you can speak as well as show any images you researched, renderings, etc. Use the ideas in Chapter 4 to design your set. What kind of theatre is it, e.g.: proscenium, thrust, blackbox, etc. Skim chapter 4 for ideas on how to design a set. What would you research for the set of Skeleton Crew?
*You can submit sketches, images, concept paper to discussion board. You do not need to be on camera. I will screen share with you so you can show any visual work you’d like to include in your presentation. Or you can upload and speak to the class and I will open your submission in blackboard for you.
1) write a set design idea in writing (about a paragraph or two). Use the ideas in Chapter 4 to design your set. What kind of theatre is it, e.g.: proscenium, thrust, blackbox, etc. Decide on ideas for the shape, size, look and feel from the list below. Think about set pieces like the fridge, microwave and well and important props needed. You will have to refer to the script for these.
2) Do a basic sketch of your set (This can be a floor plan rendering or a rending of the set from the audience’s view). This can be very basic. You can draw or use graphic design.
The set designer employs, in many ways, the same tools as any other
visual artist: line, mass, color, texture, space, and composition:
• Line—vertical, horizontal diagonal, straight, curved or spiral, line helps to define the edges of masses on the stage and to create feelings of movement or distance;
• Mass —literally, the size of scenic elements on the stage, or the
amount of space they occupy;
• Color—in addition to the “hue” (what is often meant by “color”:
yellow, red, green, pink), color also deals with the saturation or
depth of hue (deep or pale);
• Texture—qualities of smoothness or roughness, as well as variation
of materials, patterns, or colors;
• Space —the three-dimensional volume of the stage can be divided
into positive and negative spaces, with the scenic elements occupy-
ing the positive category, leaving the empty negative space free for the actors; and
• Composition—how the scenic elements and the open space be-
tween them are arranged within the height, width, and depth of the
stage space.
All of these tools work together, as well. Different masses of color can be
How would you design the set for Skeleton Crew?
1) What is your concept of the set of the play? (how does it feel, its it dark, playful, dreamlike, etc.?)
2) What is the nature of the event? (What is the theme, subject matter, etc., of Skeleton Crew)
3) What images are in your imagination when you read this play? (like reading a novel, what do you see?)
4) What helps tell the story for the actors? For the audience?
5) Does you see it as more realistic or magical in your set design when you read the play?
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