Magazine article Stage Directions

Filing Cabinet Headstones

Magazine article Stage Directions

Filing Cabinet Headstones

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Kurt Boetcher and Boston Court bury the body

The Theatre at Boston Court produced the world premier of Laura Schellhardt's Courting Vampires in May. Set Designer Kurt Boetcher stopped by for a chat interview to talk process and how they solved the problem of burying a body onstage.

Jacob Coakley: For your last show at Boston Court, Courting Vampires, the set floor was filing cabinets. Which, as near as I can tell, isn't specified in the script. So how'd you come to that choice?

Kurt Boetcher: The description of the set in the script is literally something like "The courtroom of Rill's mind" and the time is "before, during, after." It's difficult to boil down, but director Jessica Kubzansky (who is amazing) and I sat down for three hours and just broke down the script and tossed around ideas. We had to figure out what the "Courtroom" of this rigid character's mind would look like, feel like, etc. So we came up with filing cabinets that could also feasibly double as a "graveyard" - so they also represent morgue drawers. The script moves REALLY fluidly from courtroom (files, paperwork) to graveyard (graves) and the scenic elements couidn't slow down the movement of the text at all, or something is lost. The lighting designer, Tim Swiss and the projection designer Jonathon Stearns also contributed enormously to the look of it all.

Kristen Sabo-Foures: Would you say there is more technical skill or artistry involved in scenic design?

Kurt Boetcher: Well I think different designers bring different strengths to the table. …

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