Magazine article Stage Directions

Scenic Designer Thomas Lynch on Working in the Kogod Cradle Theatre

Magazine article Stage Directions

Scenic Designer Thomas Lynch on Working in the Kogod Cradle Theatre

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[The inaugural production in the Kogod Cradle Theater is the premiere of every tongue confess by Marcus Gardley. Set in the backwater town of Boligee, Ala., the play is described as being "wrapped in the combustible music of a Deep South juke joint and the sweat-soaked gospel of a revivalist church tent." Thomas Lynch was the scenic designer for the play and, as such, the first to work in the new space. He shared some of his thoughts about his design and the Cradle, -ed.]

When you walk into the Cradle, you're walking into a space that feels safe, yet dislocating. The is as if you have discovered something special; own personal special place, in a way. It's slightly because the walls aren't vertical. It is a beautiful space, surprisingly shaped. I don't know the backstory of the name, but it works exceedingly well - the cradling of work. It feels that as an artist we are working in a space is safe.

For me the building invites invention. The way the is set up for the audience with a steep rake gives a very focus in front so there can be human interaction. That tion seems to work extremely well. I find this space does have to be saddled with a great deal of production. I think have to be careful with too much production around a play that's not had an audience trial. Until you do those you don't know quite what you've got. It feels like this will a space that will let those trials happen beautifully with production around it.

The acoustics are fantastic; it's astonishing. We've found that an actor can face upstage and can be easily heard. We can hear the catch of the throat of an actor. …

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