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Theatre 217: Technical Theatre: Getting Started

This guide is a starting point for a design and prop research assignment.

Kurt Wall's Set Design for In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl

 

In the Next Room Technical Drawing for the Givings' Living Room by Kurt Walls

 

Design Elements for Set

  • Window/trim
  • Ceiling treatment
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Window covering
  • Fireplace
  • Floor treatment
  • Multi-seating
  • Side table
  • Single seat
  • Moldings/trim
  • Door/trim
  • Wall treatment

Sources for Set Design

There are many types of sources you can use to find images for set design.

  • Books about interior design, art, architecture, photography, furniture, etc.
  • Digital image archives
  • Museum websites, works of art,  "period rooms"
  • Illustrated magazines and journals
  • Retail catalogs
  • Interior design websites
  • Online suppliers for doors, windows, fabrics, wallpaper,  hardware, millwork, etc.

Plays

Click the links below to access critical overviews and online versions of the following plays:

The Misanthrope by Molière; also here and here

Online version of the play

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Online version of the play

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith; also here

Online version of the play

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee; also here

Analyze the Play

As you explore the world of the play, think about these questions for your set design.

About the Play

These sources help you establish basic facts about the play. Pay particular attention to the time period, location, and nationality.

Oxford Reference Online

contains the complete texts of over 200 Oxford companions, encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference titles in a fully indexed, cross-searchable database.  Included in addition to articles are images, maps, timelines, bibliographies, photographs and much more.

Literature Resource Center

Substantive biographical essays on more than 130,000 authors, providing insights into life and times, works, and critical reception.

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