Design for the Stage: First Steps

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110. Design for the finale in Faust

the prison grillwork was flown out (A); second, the black velour drop and masking legs were also flown out (B); and third, the walls pivoted outward (C), revealing a golden stairway leading into a sunburst projection on a sky cyclorama (fig. 110).


§24 The Design Concept on the Stage: The Glass Menagerie

It has been many years since the first performance of The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams's initial success in the theater. It would be almost impossible to recount just how many times it has been put on the stage since then and how many ways it has been done. Jo Mielziner first designed it and there probably have been many more individual and original interpretations by actors and directors than there have been by designers, not that his design has been merely duplicated down through the years. Still, the basic concepts behind this particular design have all but gone unquestioned in a great many of those productions seen on the stage. And the fact that Williams himself agreed with the design offered by Mielziner, at least tacitly, has further reinforced the feeling that this is the "right" way, the correct solution. But before we

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