The Physicists by Friedrich Durrenmatt - Scenic Design
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The purpose of this thesis is to provide record of the scenic design process for the "The Physicists", produced by the University of Maryland Theatre Department and performed in the Kogod theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Art Center from November 1st to November 11th 2007. This document contains visual elements used for the development of the scenic design. The quote "A shabby interior with a prestigious past" and the director's concept lead me to explore period architecture, the structure of past healthcare facilities, and unusual interiors. I created an interior inspired by research into traditional interiors and tweaked it to suggest the madness that the play called for. I utilized tile to symbolize the doctor's madness, progressively erasing the history of the room. All the aesthetic choices were selected to create a balance between the antique quality of the villa and the antiseptic feel of an asylum.